The U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 12, 2017, raised the curtain to provide a sneak peek at United States Stamp program 2018 covering 21 subjects.
The 2018 USPS Forever stamps will honor US icons such as Lena Horne, John Lennon, and astronaut Sally Ride.
2018 US stamps program also include Stunning photographs of America’s dramatic landscapes on 20 stamps commemorating the song “America the Beautiful.”
Moreover, other diverse and educational stamps on deck for 2018 will:
– Shine light on bioluminescent creatures that glow in the dark;
– Showcase the art of magic through five classic magic tricks;
– Celebrate mythological fire-eating dragons; and,
– Offer “tasty” frozen treats for those with a sweet tooth.
Detailed information and issuance dates on these stamps and others will be revealed later.
All stamp designs are preliminary and are subject to change until issuance dates.
United States Stamp program 2018
US Stamps 2018 – First Quarter
Year of the Dog (Celebrating Lunar New Year series) – 11 January 2018 at Honolulu City
The Year of the Dog stamp is the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16, 2018, and ends Feb. 4, 2019. Read More on Year of the Dog stamps.
Love Flourishes (Love series) – 18 January 2018 at Phoenix City
Love Flourishes is the latest stamp in the Love series. The stamp art features a fanciful garden of colorful flowers surrounding the word “Love.”
Meyer Lemons – 19 January 2018 at Kenner City
Meyer Lemons is a 2-cent definitive stamp. The stamp art features a whole Meyer lemon next to two wedges of the cut fruit.
Sleeping Bear Dunes (Priority Mail Express) – 21 January 2018 at Kansas City
With this Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a national park in Michigan that takes its name from a Native American legend.
Byodo-In Temple (Priority Mail) – 21 January 2018 at Kansas City
This Priority Mail stamp features a colorful illustration of the Byodo-In Temple, a popular tourist attraction in Hawai‘i.
Lena Horne (Black Heritage series) – 30 January 2018 at New York City
The 41st issuance in the Black Heritage series honors the achievements of legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne (1917–2010).
Remembered as one of America’s great interpreters of popular songs, Horne also was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color. She used her personal elegance, charisma and fame to become an important spokesperson for civil rights.
U.S. Flag – 09 February 2018 at Fort Lauderdale
For more than half a century, U.S. stamps have depicted the American flag in vivid red, white and blue. This eye-catching new issuance continues that tradition with a striking graphic design of a flag with two crisp folds.
Bioluminescent Life – 22 February 2018 at Fort Pierce
This issuance celebrates the phenomenon of bioluminescence — the ability of some species to glow — with a pane of 20 stamps featuring 10 life-forms that create their own light.
Illinois Statehood (Statehood series) – 05 March 2018 at Springfield
This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood. Known as the Prairie State, Illinois became the 21st state of the union on Dec. 3, 1818.
Mister Rogers – 23 March 2018 at Pittsburgh
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty.
2018 US Stamps – Dates yet to be declared
These Forever stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in keeping our nation a global leader in innovation.
Designed to pique the curiosity of the viewer, each of these four stamps features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.
Peace Rose celebrates one of the most popular roses of all time. The peace rose revolutionized hybrid tea roses with its unique coloring, hardiness, and disease resistance.
America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride (1951–2012), inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist, and dedicated educator.
Flag Act of 1818
With this stamp, the Postal Service marks the 200th anniversary of the Flag Act of 1818, which gave us the basic design of the current American flag: 13 stripes symbolizing the original 13 colonies and one star for each state in the union.
Frozen Treats features frosty, colorful icy pops on a stick. The tasty, sweet confections come in a variety of shapes and flavors.
With the release of O Beautiful, the Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.”
World War I: Turning the Tide
With this stamp, the Postal Service pays tribute to the sacrifice of American soldiers and millions of supporters on the home front who experienced World War I.
Entering World War I (1914–1918) in its later stages, the United States helped turn the tide of war in favor of the Allies.
The Postal Service celebrates dragons, the high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia.
Birds in Winter
Birds in Winter celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties: the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).
John Lennon (Music Icons series)
The newest stamp in the Music Icons series honors singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock ’n’ roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist.
The Art of Magic
The Postal Service celebrates the art of magic with this pane of 20 stamps featuring digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences: a rabbit in a hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in the air (levitation), an empty birdcage (vanishing), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).