About USPS

The U.S. Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery.

Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society.

Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages.

Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports.

Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.

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Additionally, please remember that the statements made on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the U.S. Postal Service and are solely representative of the person posting the comment. USPS reserves the right to remove content at its sole discretion.

17 thoughts on “About USPS

  1. This might not be the right place to ask but I’ve asked this at USPS.com but didn’t receive a reply. My friend picked up a beautiful catalog of stamps at the Makiki (96822) post office. It was a multi-page, soft cover magazine style publication. I went there and they don’t have anything like this and they didn’t know what I was talking about. I haven’t been able to find any information about this publication. Any insights?


    • Hi Doug. It sounds like your friend picked up the USA Philatelic catalog. For information about the catalog and about subscribing (it’s free!), visit http://www.beyondtheperf.com/about/about-usa-philatelic. Thanks for reading!

  2. I used to receive copies of the USA Philatelic.But USPS has stopped sending me copies because I haven’t made a purchase through mail order. Now, i can’t make a purchase even through friends at the mainland.

  3. Looking for the resource to get a commemorative cachet of the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox at Fenway.

  4. where can my dad find the first canceled stamp in new mexico when it was delivered by car?
    He is 91 years old and loves stamp collecting.
    Where was it canceled at ?
    He was told Roswell Nm took him to Roswell no one knew anything about it.

    • Which stamp are you interested in finding? If you’d like information on the First Day Cover for the New Mexico Statehood stamp issued earlier this year, which includes a canceled stamp, you can visit the Postal Store:

  5. Will the Post Office be issuing any more stamps with hidden images? Will the Commemorative Panel Program be cancelled, and was the John H. Johnson stamp the last installment of the Cultural Diary series?

  6. Is it possible to buy all the valentine stamps issued since 1973 up until current year – say 2013 ? If so how ?

    • Yep! In fact you can still use any uncanceled stamp to send mail, no matter when it was first issued.

  7. want to find out if a Super Bowl cancel will be available for Feb 3 2013 or to which post office to send envelopes for cancel, Bullseye or slogan
    Donn Smith

  8. this site is awesome… just found it. Just letting you know about my site where we celebrate National Letter Writing Month – April. I have over 90 folks writing letters back and forth all month to each other all over the globe. It’s our 4th year of doing this and man oh man, do we love cool stamps. Thanks for sharing.
    Lindsay Ostrom

  9. Hello – this blog is great! Question- is there an email or phone number to contact your team about creating a specific stamp for Black History month? What is the process for this? Thanks!


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