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
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.
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
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.
1962 Christmas Wreath and Candle
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.
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
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.
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
The Performing Arts Series began in 1978 with the issuance of two commemorative stamps. The Jimmy Rodgers stamp was released on May 24 and the George Cohen stamp on July 3. Although they were issued only a few weeks apart, a rate increase on May 29, 1978, resulted in a 13-cent Jimmy Rodgers stamps and a 15-cent George Cohen stamp. The Performing Arts Series was designed by Jim Sharp (except the John McCormack stamp, which was designed by Sharp and Ron Mercer.)
Country music legend Jimmie Rodgers is honored with this issue. Called the “Father of Country Music,” Rodgers was the first person ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. First Day ceremonies for this stamp were held during the annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival, in Rodgers’ hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. Continue reading