Commemorative stamps are much more than attractive collectibles. They are small emblems of America at its best.
In the coming 12 months, we will mark the creation of the National Marine Sanctuary System and the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the law that banned sex discrimination in education.
We will also honor pioneering marine biologist Eugenie Clark, business titan Katharine Graham and sculptor Edmonia Lewis.
Artist George Morrison, a founding figure of Native American modernism, and musician Pete Seeger, a legend in folk music, will be recognized for their contributions to American culture.
We will celebrate the Mighty Mississippi, revel in our passion for pony cars and hail the success of female athletes in the sport of competitive rowing.
And that’s not even half the collection.
It takes at least three years to bring a commemorative stamp from initial idea to Post Office, and that journey is often as compelling as the stamp itself.
That is why we at Stamp Services are working hard to tell more of the stories behind our fascinating works of art.
For starters, I recently worked with the fantastic team at the Postal Service’s new “Mailin’ It” podcast to look deeply into the history of commemorative stamps and to examine the critical role the American public plays in creating each one.
In March 2020, we launched our “Stamp Storytelling” video series, a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind commemoratives. I urge you to take a look. We will continue this series throughout 2022.
I am genuinely amazed by the talent and artistry of the team at Stamp Services. The 2022 commemorative stamp collection offers ample proof.
For now, you can find out lots more on our 2022 collection at usps.com.
And we are not done. More stamps are being finalized for 2022 and we are already working on collections for 2023, 2024 and 2025. As always, each stamp will tell its story in a compelling, insightful and beautiful way.