Happy New Year!

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the U.S. National Archives tomorrow morning for the dedication of the Emancipation Proclamation stamp. Here’s the stamp as it looked recently in Times Square:



Happy New Year!

Surprise! It’s A New Year’s Eve Stamp Yearbook Giveaway

The 2012 Stamp Yearbook features 94 collectible stamps. Click image for more info.

That’s right! To celebrate the end of one year and the start of another, we’ve assembled a small selection of stamp yearbooks to give away. The collectible yearbooks date from , 2007, 2008, , 2010, , and . All you have to do to win one is send your name and address to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. (You can indicate in your email which specific yearbook you are interested in, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice.) Winners will be selected at random until we run out of yearbooks. The deadline to enter is 3 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Good luck, and Happy New Year!!

USPS Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal With New Stamp

Grand Central Terminal in New York City opened on February 2, 1913, and was soon recognized as one of the most majestic public spaces in the world. In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the anniversary of this beloved landmark with the issuance of a new stamp.


The stamp art created by Dan Cosgrove captures the grandeur of this architectural masterpiece with an illustration of the terminal’s main concourse. Early morning sunlight streams through the 60-foot-tall windows, illuminating the people below. In the foreground, travelers gather near the round information booth topped with its famous four-sided clock. The concourse’s sky ceiling stretches overhead, decorated with a mural of constellations and figures of the Zodiac.

The Grand Central Terminal stamp will be issued at the Express Mail rate. A release date has not yet been set.

Posted in 2013 Stamp Program, Architecture | Tagged Grand Central Terminal, New York City

New Patriotic Star Stamp Coming in 2013

In 2013, USPS will continue its long tradition of patriotism with the release of the Patriotic Star stamp.


The star is one of the nation’s quintessential symbols, a shining reminder of our indomitable spirit. “When I go out of doors in the summer night, and see how high the stars are,” wrote 19th-century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I am persuaded that there is time enough, here or somewhere, for all that I must do.”

The star on the stamp is actually two stars: a smaller one inside a larger one. Both have five points, like the stars on the American flag. Created digitally by artist Nancy Stahl, the star is designed to look like it is crafted from striped ribbon.

To accommodate business use, the Patriotic Star stamp is being issued in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 stamps. A release date has not yet been set.

Fanciful Deer Decorates 2013 Stamped Card

In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamped card featuring a gorgeous silhouette of a graceful deer surrounded by gold and green cattails and grasses. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the card, using an illustration created by artist Cathie Bleck.


More than 40 species of deer are found around the world. In the United States, the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is the most common species. As many as 30 million white-tailed deer are estimated to live in the U.S., but the animals range as far north as Canada and as far south as Bolivia. Some of the largest whitetails can be found in northern populations, where adult males can stand three feet high at the shoulder and weigh more than 300 pounds.

The Deer Stamped Card is being issued as a Forever® stamped card. Its postage will always be equal to the value of the postcard rate in effect at the time of use, even if the rate increases after purchase. A release date has not yet been set.