WASHINGTON- The USA. The Post Office today announced many of the stamps it will issue in 2023.
“The 2023 stamp program offers a wide range of subjects and designs. These miniature works of art highlight our uniquely American culture and provide great options for anyone looking to collect stamps or send mail nationally or globally," said William Gicker, director of USPS Stamp Services.
This is a partial list, more to be announced in the coming weeks and months. All seal designs are preliminary and subject to change.
Lunar New Year - Year of the Rabbit
The fourth of 12 stamps in the latest Lunar New Year stamp series celebrates the Year of the Rabbit. Representing a rabbit, this three-dimensional mask is reminiscent of the ornate masks used in the dragon or lion dances, often performed in Lunar New Year parades. The rabbit mask design incorporates colors and patterns with symbolic meaning. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and disc with original art by Camille Chew.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Love stamp with two new Love stamps, one featuring a kitten and one featuring a puppy with its front paws resting on a big heart. The word "LOVE" is written in capital letters after each animal. The stamp designs were painted with oil paints on wooden panels, then scanned and digitally processed. Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps using original artwork by Chris Buzelli.
Great Smoky Mountains (Priority Express Mail)
Home to the most visited national park in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains feature extensive national forests and a wide variety of native plants and animals. Equally rich in history, folklore and culture, they are an American treasure that the Post Office celebrates with this new Priority Mail Express stamp. Stamp artwork captures an iconic mountain landscape near the Newfound Gap between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC. In the foreground, a red-tailed hawk flies over the landscape. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp using original artwork by Dan Cosgrove.
The Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating the US flag with this stamp, available in panels of 20, booklets of 20, and rolls of 100, 3,000, and 10,000. Stamp artwork has a linear graphic design by OId Glory. A solid foundation for the flag is the word "FREEDOM" in gray and "FOREVER/USA" underneath. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp using existing artwork by Hong Li.
Ernest J. Gaines
The 46th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Ernest J. Gaines (1933-2019). Best known for novels such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines leveraged his childhood as the son of sharecroppers on a Louisiana plantation to explore and add to the untold stories of African Americans in the countryside a vital voice added to literature. American. The stamp features an oil painting by Gaines based on a 2001 photograph. Mike Ryan designed the stamp using art by Robert Peterson. Greg Breeding served as art director.
$10 flower geometry
To complement the similarly styled $2 and $5 stamps issued in 2022, a new $10 Floral Geometry stamp will be available. Stamps add a sleek, contemporary look to parcels, large envelopes and other postal items. The artwork on the stamp features a series of overlapping geometric shapes that mimic the symmetry of floral designs found in nature. The watercolor background and glossy embossed design and typography create a sophisticated look. The stamp is issued in blocks of four. The stamps were designed and manufactured by Späth Hill. The art director was Antonio Alcala.
Celebrate the fun and tradition of piñatas with a new full-color booklet of 20 stamps. Stamp artwork features four vibrant digital illustrations of two traditional piñata designs - a donkey and a seven-pointed star. The vivid, rich color palette was inspired by Mexican culture, including the vibrant colors of small urban homes, hand-sewn traditional clothing, handmade toys and flowers, and the classic piñatas itself. Víctor Meléndez created the original artwork and designed the stamps. The art director was Antonio Alcala.
The beautiful face of a red fox (foxes) graces this new 40 cent stamp. Sold in sheets of 20 and in self-adhesive rolls of 3,000 and 10,000, the stamp is intended for mass mailings of articles such as circulars, newsletters and catalogues. It can also be used by customers who like to use a variety of stamps on their envelopes and packages. Stamp artwork features a pencil and watercolor illustration of pre-existing artwork by animal illustrator Dugald Stermer (1936-2011). His pencil handwriting on the seal indicates the animal's common name and scientific classification. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.
Sailboat Stamps celebrate a popular American outdoor activity with two new full-color postcard stamps. They feature abstract illustrations that capture the joyous feeling of being on the water on a beautiful day. The artwork was designed and created by artist Libby VanderPloeg, who also created the lettering for the word "Postcard" freehand on a digital tablet. The project's art director was Antonio Alcalá.
Beloved by kids and adults alike, snow globes can be small works of art, kitschy keepsakes, or anything in between. Celebrating the spirit of the holidays, the Postal Service captures the playful joy of Christmas snow globes on four new stamps.
Painting in oils, the artist created spherical snow globes with seasonal icons: a snowman in a cheerful red and white scarf; Santa Claus on a roof prepares to go down the chimney; a reindeer standing in a snowy forest; and a snow-covered tree adorned with colorful ornaments. Art Director Derry Noyes designed the stamps using original art by Gregory Manchess.
Thinking about you
Thinking of you captures the excitement and joy of receiving a card in the mail just for you and includes five stamps in a box of 20 and an assortment of die-cut sticky notes - perfect for accompanying letters or cards that are sent to brighten someone's day . Each stamp is designed in fun colors with lots of whimsical images including flowers, balloons, cute animals, candies and good luck symbols. Words of encouragement and thoughtful affirmations surround the disc's seals. Art Director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using original art by Ellen Surrey.
Close-ups of 10 beautiful colored tulips adorn this new 20-stamp booklet. A flower fills almost the entire frame of each stamp, with just the tip of a stem showing below. Ever since Dutch immigrants brought tulip bulbs to North America hundreds of years ago, the flower has become a stunning part of our landscape. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using existing photographs by Denise Ippolito.
Connect with the natural beauty of winter and celebrate four species that call North America's forests home. Deer, rabbits, owls and foxes are some of the best-known wildlife found across much of the American outback. This 20-stamp booklet features graphic illustrations of these four animals in various winter woodland settings. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with Katie Kirk, who illustrated the stamps.
bear foot boss
This stamp issue honors the Chief Standing Bear (ca. 1829-1908), who won a landmark 1879 court ruling that established that Native Americans are legal persons with inherent rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The stamp features a portrait of the Chief Standing Bear by Thomas Blackshear II, based on a black and white photograph taken in 1877. The color of the Standing Bear's clothing was based primarily on contemporary descriptions. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
Under the Species Protection Act, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023, more than 1,300 endangered plant and animal species are being protected to increase their chances of survival. With this series of 20 stamps, the Swiss Post presents a photographic portfolio of 20 representative species of endangered animals. Featured are located in the US 50 states and territories and possessions or live near US borders. The images are among more than 13,000 for photographer Joel Sartore's "Photo Ark," his project to document as many animal species as possible. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps using existing Sartore photographs.
Notable train stations began to light up the American landscape in the 1870s, and although many were demolished after outliving their original purpose, hundreds survive. This 20-stamp edition features five architectural gems that continue to play important roles in their communities:Tamaqua Station in Pennsylvania; Point of Rocks Station in Maryland; Main Street Station in Richmond, VA; Santa Fe Railroad Station in San Bernardino, California; and Union Terminal in Cincinnati,Oh. Passenger trains stop, except for Tamaqua. Derry Noyes served as art director. Down the Street Designs created the digital illustrations and typography.
This stamp honors Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), the 107th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. After beginning her career as an activist in the fight against gender discrimination, Judge Ginsburg has become a respected jurist whose leading majority views promoting equality and strong dissenting views on socially contested decisions have made her a passionate advocate for equal justice and a american society culture icon. The stamp features an oil painting of Judge Ginsburg facing the viewer in her black robe with an intricate white collar. Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with art by Michael J. Deas based on a photograph by Philip Bermingham.
This stamp issue honors author Toni Morrison (1931-2019). Her artistically crafted novels explored the diverse voices and multifaceted experiences of African Americans. Known for books such as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved, Morrison was the rare author to achieve bestseller status and critical success. In 1993, she made history as the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The stamp features a photograph of Morrison from 2000. Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp using photographs by Deborah Feingold.
The work of legendary American artist of the pop art movement, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), is celebrated with the issue of a stamp in his honor. Each of the five stamps in this field of 20 features a Lichtenstein artwork: "Standing Explosion (Red)" (porcelain enamel on steel, 1965); "Modern Painting I" (acrylic, oil, graphite pencil on canvas, 1966); "Still Life with Crystal Bowl" (acrylic, oil, graphite pencil on canvas, 1972); "Still Life with Goldfish" (acrylic, oil, graphite pencil on canvas, 1972); and "Portrait of a Woman" (acrylic, oil, pencil on canvas, 1979). The bar features a Lichtenstein photograph by Bob Adelman with the artist's face framed by a model of his 1983 sculpture Brushstrokes in Flight. Derry Noyes served as art director and designer for this edition.
Among nature's most beautiful wonders are waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, from tranquil cascades to mighty cataracts. The Postal Service celebrates the diversity and beauty of America's Falls with 12 new postage stamps. Each stamp includes a photo with the name of the waterfall and the state it is in. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps and window using existing photographs.
This stamp issue celebrates women's soccer in the United States. From youth leagues to elite world champions, the USA Team, millions of girls and women across the country participate in this fast-paced, competitive sport. Graphic art on the stamp shows a soccer player in action, hitting a ball with a lateral volley. The illustrator evoked the aesthetic of mid-century print design, using streamlined shapes and bold colors to convey the high energy and fast movement of the sport. The lightly grained rendering gives the design a timeless quality, evoking not just a single athlete or era, but the entire legacy of women's football. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with an original illustration by Noah MacMillan (1988-2022).
"School Bus" is a new extra weight stamp available in packs of 20 and rolls of 100. The issue honors the iconic yellow school bus and its role in ensuring millions of children go back to school every day. The stamp features a stylized illustration of a 21st century yellow school bus in profile in front of a silhouetted school that is more reminiscent of an earlier era. Artist Steve Wolf collaborated with art director Greg Breeding and stamp designer Mike Ryan.
Patriotic Block is a new non-profit non-denominational award stamp intended for bulk shipments by authorized non-profit organizations and sold in self-adhesive rolls of 3,000 and 10,000. This stamp features the constituent elements of the American flag - the stars and stripes - arranged in a block of four quadrants on a white background. Carol Beehler designed the stamp under the artistic direction of Antonio Alcalá.
Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic products throughcourier businessnousps.com/shopstamps, by phone at 844-737-7826, by mail throughUSA-Philatelyor at post offices across the country.
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