U.S. Stamp Series and Sets

American Treasures Series

Introduced in 2001, the American Treasures stamp series honors “fine works by skilled hands, from Amish quilts to idyllic paintings by American masters.”

US #3524-27 Amish Quilts

US #3524-27
Amish Quilts

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American Scientists

According to the USPS, the American Scientists Series commemorates “great researchers whose explorations into tiny molecules and grand galaxies shifted the paradigms of science.”
US #3906-08 2005 American Scientists

US #3906-08
2005 American Scientists

After World War II, von Neumann worked to develop large scale, high-speed electronic computers with stored programs. His design of the IAS computer – the von Neumann Architecture – became the model for most of its successors.

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American Design Series

The USPS introduced the American Design series in 2002.  In it, “form meets function in works of decorative art: Chippendale chairs, toleware coffeepots, and banjo clocks.

US #3612 Toleware Coffee Pot

US #3612
Toleware Coffee Pot

The first in the American Design Series, the American Toleware coil stamp shows traditional Pennsylvania folk art hand painted on a tin coffeepot. Toleware was also seen on the 1979 Folk Art issues. Continue reading

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1893 Columbian Series

US #230 Columbus in Sight of Land

US #230
Columbus in Sight of Land

The Columbian Series was issued in conjunction with the spectacular Columbian Exposition of 1893, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.  Today, the Columbians are among the most treasured of all U.S. stamps. Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Series

US #1321 Madonna and Child with Angels

US #1321
Madonna and Child with Angels

The fifth U.S. Christmas stamp (and first traditional design) illustrates the “Madonna and Child With Angels” by painter Hans Memling, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Legends of Hollywood

In 1995, the USPS introduced a new stamp series honoring “famous Golden-Age film stars whose performances electrified the big screen and enamored the public.”

US #2967 Marilyn Monroe

US #2967
Marilyn Monroe

Monroe starred in such box office hits as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Not content to be seen as merely a typical blonde however, she strived to gain recognition for her acting ability as well. After studying under Lee Strasburg at the Actors Studio in New York City, she returned to Hollywood to star in more serious films, such as Bus Stop and The Misfits.

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