The United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled brand-new commemorative stamps for 2011. The collections include astronauts and authors, cartoon characters and a Congresswoman, heroes and holidays, musicians and machines and much more.
Philatelists, or stamp collectors, wait eagerly each year for a look at the new postage stamps to be offered. Who knows which of these 2011 U.S. postage stamps will be worth the most to collectors one day?
Here’s a peek at the postage we can expect from the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the coming year. These 2011 U.S. postal stamps are listed here in order of expected release.
Available January 22, 2011 – “The Year of the Rabbit” postage stamp
Fourth in a series of 12, “The Year of The Rabbit” stamp is part of the USPS’ “Celebrating Lunar New Year” set.
“The Year of the Rabbit,” running from February 3, 2011, until January 22, 2012, is celebrated by Asians and others worldwide with parades and special gatherings. Kumquats are a traditional gift during these festivities.
The USPS’ “Year of the Rabbit” forever stamps, designed by artist Ethel Kessler and illustrator Kam Mak, feature a pair of kumquats, along with a paper-cut rabbit and the Chinese character for “rabbit.”
Available January 27, 2011 – “Kansas Statehood” postage stamp
This brand-new U.S. postage stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of Kansas’ admission as the 34th state in the Union, which took place on January 29, 1861.
Designed by artist Dean Mitchell, this forever stamp features an old-fashioned windmill, along with several modern wind turbines.
Available February 2, 2011 – “Ronald Reagan” postage stamp
The Ronald Reagan postage stamp honors the centennial anniversary of the birth of the 40th American President. Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911.
Designed by artist Bart Forbes, this forever stamp features a portrait of Ronald Reagan, based on a photograph taken in 1985, during his second term as President of the United States.
Available in February 2011 – “Jazz Appreciation” postage stamp
Paying homage to American jazz music, this forever stamp boasts a creative collage of stylized jazz musicians and instruments. The 2011 “Jazz Appreciation” postage stamp was designed by Howard Paine, based on art by Paul Rogers.
Available in March 2011 – “Latin Music Legends” postage stamps
This series of forever stamps honors several legendary Latin musicians. Designed by artist Rafael Lopez, the “Latin Music Legends” postage stamps feature Celia Cruz, Carlos Garden, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.
Available in March 2011 – “Neon Celebrate” postage stamp
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will celebrate good times in 2011 with this forever stamp, created by artist Michael Flechtner. The “Neon Celebrate” stamp will be ideal for mailing anniversary or birthday greeting cards or other special-occasion items.
Available in April 2011 – “Helen Hayes” postage stamp
Broadway actress Helen Hayes, once known as “First Lady of the American Theater,” will be honored by a brand-new forever postage stamp in 2011. Designed by artist Drew Struzan (who created the “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” movie posters), the “Helen Hayes” stamp boasts a portrait of the famous late actress.
Available April 12, 2011 – “Civil War” postage stamps
The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War will be recognized in 2011 with the unveiling of the first pair in a new series of U.S. forever postage stamps. The 2011 “Civil War” stamps, designed by artist Phil Jordan from antique images of Civil War battles, will be sold in two-stamp souvenir sheets.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to sell two new pairs of “Civil War” forever stamps each year, from 2011 through 2015.
Available April 29, 2011 – “Gregory Peck” postage stamp
Hollywood film legend Gregory Peck will appear on a special commemorative forever postage stamp in 2011. A black-and-white portrait of Academy Award winner and 1969 U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, as seen in the classic film, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will make up the new “Gregory Peck” postage stamp.
Available May 2, 2011 – “Purple Heart” postage stamp”
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will offer a brand-new forever stamp featuring a photograph by Ira Wexler of the medal of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans.
The first U.S. postage stamp to feature the Purple Heart appeared in 2003.
Available May 4, 2011 – “Mercury Messenger” postage stamps
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first American manned space flight, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will launch a pair of commemorative forever stamps.
Designed by artist Donato Giancola, the “Mercury Messenger” forever stamps feature two striking images: Alan Shepard’s 1961 “Freedom 7” flight and NASA’s 2011 unmanned “Messenger” flight to orbit Mercury.
Available May 19, 2011 – “Garden of Love” postage stamps
This set of ten artistic nature forever stamps, created by artist Jose Ortega, will feature flowers, birds, butterflies and other lovely images. The United States Postal Service (USPS) will offer the “Garden of Love” stamps as a fancy option for love letters, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards, wedding invitations and more.
Available in May 2011 – “Indianapolis 500” postage stamps
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the famous Indianapolis 500 automotive race, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will rev up mailings with a special forever stamp. Designed by artist John Mattos, the stamp features Ray Harroun’s famous 1911 yellow Marmon Wasp Indy car, along with this tag-line: “100 years of racing.”
Available June 16, 2011 – “American Scientists” postage stamps
Third in a series of similar collections from the United States Postal Service (USPS), the 2011 “American Scientist” forever stamp set includes images of four prominent researchers from the nation’s past. Created by Ethel Kessler and Greg Berger, using photographs and autographs, the “American Scientist” includes Melvin Calvin, Asa Gray, Maria Goeppert Mayer and Severo Ochoa.
Available in June 2011 – “Mark Twain” postage stamp
The 27th member of the United States Postal Service (USPS) “Literary Arts” series, the “Mark Twain” forever stamp honors this popular author and humorist. The new “Mark Twain” stamp features a portrait of Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark Twain), with a Mississippi River boat in the background, painted by artist Gregory Manchess.
Available in July 2011 – “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” postage stamps
A dozen of the most famous industrial designers in American history will be recognized by this series of forever stamps from the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 2011.
Designed by artist Derry Noyes, he “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” forever stamp set includes images of Dave Chapman, Donald Deskey, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, Peter Müller-Munk, Eliot Noyes, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Gilbert Rohde, Greta von Nessen, Walter Dorwin Teague and Russel Wright.
Available July 27, 2011 – “Owney the Postal Dog” postage stamp
Owney was the mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the 19th century in America and often lauded as a symbol of good luck. Honoring this noted canine, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will offer a special forever stamp bearing his image, designed by artist Bill Bond.
Available in July 2011 – “U.S. Merchant Marine” postage stamps
In midsummer, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will honor the American commercial maritime industry with a foursome of forever stamps. These postage stamps, created by artist Dennis Lyall, will feature clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, liberty ships and container ships.
Available August 11, 2011 – “Flags of Our Nation” postage stamps (Set #5)
Ten new U.S. postage stamps will be added to the “Flags of Our Nation” series. The 2011 editions will include flags of the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
These ten new forever stamps were created by artist Tom Engeman, based on photographs of the state flags.
Available in August 2011 – “Edward Hopper” postage stamp
Tenth in the “American Treasures” postage stamp series, the “Edward Hopper” forever stamp will display this artist’s 1930 sailboat painting, titled “The Long Leg.” A Provincetown, Massachusetts, Cape Cod lighthouse is revealed in the background on the special 2011 stamp.
Available August 19, 2011 – “Send a Hello” postage stamps
With these five new forever stamps, the United States Postal Service (USPS) continues the theme of its “Art of Disney” series, issued from 2004 to 2008.
The 2011 postage stamps will highlight five Disney Pixar characters: Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995), Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009), Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006), Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007) and WALL*E the robot from WALL*E (2008).
Available in August 2011 – “Wedding Roses” postage stamp
Adding to the United States Postal Service (USPS) “Weddings” series of postage stamps, the 2011 “Wedding Roses” stamp will offer lovely white roses. The image was created from a photograph by Renee Comet.
The “Wedding Roses” forever stamps are ideal for bridal shower and wedding invitations, engagement announcements, wedding gift thank-you notes and more.
Available in September 2011 – “Barbara Jordan” postage stamp
A brand-new 2011 forever stamp from the United States Postal Service (USPS) will honor Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman to be elected to the Texas legislature and the first African-American woman from the South to be voted into the U.S. Congress.
Based on a painting by artist Albert Slark, the “Barbara Jordan” postage stamp is the 34th entry in the United States Postal Service (USPS) “Black Heritage” stamp series.
Available in September 2011 – “Romare Bearden” postage stamps
This set of four 2011 forever stamps will feature the work of 20th century African-American artist Romare Bearden.
Titles of these United States Postal Service (USPS) will stamps include “Conjunction” (1971), “Falling Star” (1979), “Odysseus: Poseidon, The Sea God – Enemy of Odysseus” (1979) and “Prevalence of Ritual: Conjur Woman” (1964).
Available October 13, 2011 – “Holiday Baubles” postage stamps
Annually, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issues festive postage stamps for the holiday season. The 2011 editions feature four different colorful holiday ornament designs, created by artist Linda Fountain.
Where can philatelists and letter mailers buy the new USPS stamps?
Stamp collectors and postal customers alike may pick up these new U.S. postage stamps in 2011, as they are released, at local postal offices or by ordering online or by telephone (1-800-STAMP-24). As forever stamps, these items may be used to mail first-class letters at any time.