American Poets Series

Among the lesser known of all U.S. stamp series, the American Poets issues commemorate these masters.

US #1405 Edgar Lee Masters

US #1405
Edgar Lee Masters

Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas. He wrote novels, poetry, plays, biography, and history. Masters is chiefly remembered for his “Spoon River Anthology,” a collection of 200 poems in free verse.  Spoon River is an imaginary Midwestern village, and each poem of the anthology is “spoken” by a deceased former resident of the town, providing a revealing look at the secret lives of small-town America. Each of the dead speakers attempts to illuminate the meaning of life on Earth.

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Classic Collections

In 1994, the USPS introduced the Classic Collections series.  Each sheet in the series features 20 face-different designs.  Broadly-defined Americana themes, exceptional artwork, a banner printed on the selvage of the sheet, and descriptive text on the back of each stamp made them a favorite with collectors.

The series received a lot of publicity with the very first release, which contained an error and led to a prolonged court fight and a modern stamp rarity!

US #2869 Legends of the West

US #2869
1994 Legends of the West

Stories about America’s West have long been among the most popular pieces of American folklore. This set pays tribute to 16 individuals and features four topic-oriented stamps as well. Each of the individuals honored played an important part in the amazing history of America.  (Click on the stamp sheet to learn more about the error and the court battle.) Continue reading

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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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