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USPS previews next year’s stamps

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USPS has announced some of its planned 2020 stamps, including releases honoring Gwen Ifill, Arnold Palmer and Hip Hop.

The Postal Service has announced some of its planned 2020 stamp releases.

Here’s what’s coming:

  • Year of the Rat, the first of 12 stamps in the Postal Service’s third Lunar New Year series
  • Made of Hearts, a continuation of the Postal Service’s tradition of stamps that celebrate love
  • Gwen Ifill, the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series
  • Let’s Celebrate!, which can be used for greeting cards, invitations and gift-bearing envelopes and packages
  • Wild Orchids, 10 stamps — available in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000 — that will celebrate the exotic beauty of orchids
  • Arnold Palmer, honoring the champion golfer
  • Maine Statehood, celebrating the Pine Tree State’s 200th anniversary
  • Contemporary Boutonniere, which can be used for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements, birthday cards and more
  • Garden Corsage, a 2-ounce stamp for wedding, anniversary and other invitations
  • Earth Day, which will mark the annual commemoration’s 50th anniversary
  • American Gardens, 10 stamps, available in panes of 20, that feature different photographs of botanic, country estate and municipal gardens
  • Voices of the Harlem Renaissance, a pane of 20 stamps that will celebrate four literary figures from one of the nation’s great artistic and literary movements
  • Enjoy the Great Outdoors, five stamps that show scenes of outdoor activities
  • Hip Hop, four stamps, available in panes of 20, that will celebrate the music, dance and art movement and are digitally tinted to make the images appear to move
  • Fruits & Vegetables, a booklet of 20 stamps featuring 10 still-life paintings
  • Thank You, four stamps, available in booklets of 20, that can be used for notes, cards and letters of thanks
  • 19th Amendment: Women Vote, commemorating the centennial of the ratification of the U.S. constitutional amendment that guarantees women the right to vote
  • Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, which will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World

“These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture,” said Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker.

“From notable figures such as golf legend Arnold Palmer and esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill to the cultural phenomenon of hip hop to a celebration of the great outdoors, this program is wide-ranging and adds to the history of our great nation as recorded through the U.S. stamp program.”

USPS announced the stamps Oct. 22. The designs are preliminary and subject to change.

The Postal Service plans to announce additional stamps in 2020.

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