U.S. Stamp Series and Sets

Wildlife Conservation Series

Over a period of 22 years, the USPS issued stamps devoted to educating the public about the need to preserve our natural resources.

US #1077 1956 Wild Turkey

US #1077
1956 Wild Turkey

U.S. #1077 was issued to emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation in America. It was the first of three stamps with a similar theme; each one showing a different species. This stamp showcases wild turkeys, the largest and fastest of the game birds. It was issued at the convention of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Continue reading

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American Culture Series

US #2908 1995 Auto Tail Fin

US #2908
1995 Auto Tail Fin

This 15¢ Automobile Tail Fin coil stamp, which features the fin of a 1959 Cadillac, met the need for the first-class, presort postcard rate. This stamp, along with the 25¢ Juke Box coil stamp, was the first edition of the new “American Culture” series. Bulk mailers were able to use the non-denominated stamp at various presort rates, with the postage difference being paid at the time of mailing. In 1996, a self-adhesive version was produced to meet consumer demand. Continue reading

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Scenic American Landscapes

Introduced in 1993, the Scenic American Landscapes picture the “mountains, canyons, and swamps that comprise our country’s diverse and majestic terrain,” according to the USPS.  Each stamp was issued to satisfy the International Rate applicable at the time of its release.

C133 1999 Niagara Falls

#C133
1999 Niagara Falls

This stamp was issued in 1999 to pay the international postage rate. It is the first stamp in the Scenic American Landscapes Series. The stamp features a photo of the American Falls taken from the New York shoreline by nature photographer Kurt Ross. To the left of the stamp’s denomination is the stylized silhouette of a jet, which indicates it was intended to satisfy an airmail or international rate. Continue reading

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Contemporary Christmas

Since their 1962 introduction, Christmas stamps have become a perennial favorite with the public.  More recently, the USPS has issued traditional (religious-themed) designs as well as contemporary Christmas stamps.

US #1205 Christmas Wreath and Candle

US #1205
1962 Christmas Wreath and Candle

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Literary Arts Series

According to the USPS, “These skillful wordsmiths spun our favorite tales — and American history along with them.”  The series began in 1979 and continues today.

US #1773 John Steinbeck

US #1773
John Steinbeck

Steinbeck (1902-68) was born in Salinas, California, and based a great deal of his work in and around this area. His most famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. It tells the story of a poor Oklahoma family that moves to California in search of opportunity during the Great Depression. Other Steinbeck novels include Cup of Gold, The Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, and The Winter of Our Discontent. Continue reading

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Black Heritage Series

In 1978, the U.S.P.S. introduced the Black Heritage Series.  Today, it’s one of the longest-running and most popular U.S. stamp series.

US #1744 Harriet Tubman

US #1744
Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Bucktown, Maryland. Tubman escaped to Philadelphia in 1849 via the Underground Railroad, a network of Quakers and abolitionists. In a series of daring trips, Tubman helped lead members of her family and hundreds of others to freedom. Tubman assisted John Brown in organizing the raid on Harper’s Ferry and served as a nurse, cook, and spy for the Union Army. After the Civil War, Tubman was active in the women’s suffragette movement. Continue reading

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