New Stamps for 2020
The United States Postal Service’s stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation – 2020 is no exception. This year’s selection offers excitement, pageantry and historic accomplishment.
On Jan. 11, the Postal Service celebrates the Lunar New Year with the release of the Year of the Rat Forever stamp. This colorful stamp features a rat mask that calls to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon dance, a hallmark of Lunar New Year parades. The mask is mostly blue – considered to be a lucky color for individuals born during the Year of the Rat – and incorporates elements with symbolic meaning. Several of the patterns were created with the style of Asian textiles, and the circle in the center of the rat’s head represents the new moon on which the Lunar New Year begins.
Made of Hearts, the latest stamp in the Postal Service’s Love series, is being issued January 23. While issued in time for Valentine’s Day, these stamps need no special holiday. This heart-filled design is just right for thank-you notes, get-well cards or any occasion when love is the perfect message. The stamp features horizontal lines of red and pink hearts on a white background.
February marks Black History Month and launches with the issuance of the Black Heritage Forever stamp on Jan. 30. The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, who was one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists.
Other stamps available soon include: Let’s Celebrate (Feb. 14); Wild Orchids (Feb. 21), Maine Statehood (March 14).
Stamps and other philatelic products may be purchased through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.
Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop.
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