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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Famous Americans Series

US #890 Samuel Morse

US #890
Samuel Morse

In 1938, the Post Office Department announced plans for a series of stamps recognizing 10 famous Americans and invited the public to submit recommendations. The response was so great that it was decided to increase the number from 10 to 35. This required an unexpected level of organization by the Post Office Department for this series.

Seven categories were decided upon – authors, poets, educators, scientists, composers, artists, and inventors. Each category of five has the same set of denominations – 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 5¢, and 10¢. Each rate had a valid use. The 1¢ stamp paid for a letter that was dropped off at a post office to someone who had a box at the same office. The 2¢ was for local delivery. The 3¢ paid the normal non-local mail rate, and the 5¢ and 10¢ were used in combination for heavier letters and special rates. The denominations also shared a consistent coloring scheme: 1¢ is bright blue green; 2¢ is rose carmine; 3¢ is bright red violet; 5¢ is ultramarine; and 10¢ is dark brown.

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National Parks Centennial

In 1972, a stamp series was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks program.

US #1448-51 Cape Hatteras National Seashore

US #1448-51
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

This issue was unique in that it combined four stamps in a block that contained one overall design (U.S. #1448-51). Cape Hatteras National Seashore is pictured. That area contains some of the earliest sites of English colonial settlement. Located along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the shores are home to thousands of waterfowl and have become the final stop for sections of ships that have been wrecked on the shoals.

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Art of Disney Series

In 2004, a new U.S. stamp series debuted that featured the art of Walt Disney Studios.  It was a marriage of childhood memories and much sought-after artwork – all rolled into very affordable collectibles.  While some critics dismissed the stamps as crass commercialism, it’s clear the designs capture the magic of Disney.

US #3865-68

US #3865-68

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H Rate Change Stamps – and a Modern Rarity!

Due to pending postal rate increases in 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of non-denominational stamps that feature “Uncle Sam’s hat.” The new postal rate was set at 33¢.  Seven different varieties were produced… and one surprise that surfaced later!

U.S. #3260 H Rate Change

U.S. #3260
H Rate Change

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