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What’s in store, ’24?

USPS announces stamp releases

The Postal Service’s planned stamp releases include, clockwise from top left, Black Heritage: Constance Baker Motley, Literary Arts: Saul Bellow, Love, Save Manatees, Bluegrass and Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon.

The Postal Service has announced its stamp releases for 2024:

Year of the Dragon, the fifth in the 12-stamp Lunar New Year series, featuring a three-dimensional mask depicting the face of a dragon;

Love, a bird in flight carrying a message of love;

U.S. Flags, four stamps depicting Old Glory waving at different times of day;

Constance Baker Motley, the 47th Black Heritage stamp, honoring the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court;

Floral Geometry, a $1 stamp joining the $2, $5 and $10 versions released in recent years;

Pillars of Creation, a Priority Mail stamp featuring a high-definition infrared image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope;

Cosmic Cliffs, a Priority Mail Express stamp featuring digitally colored bands of mid-infrared light captured by the Webb telescope;

Low Denomination Flowers, stamps of 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 cents graced by tulips, daffodils, peonies, poppies and coneflowers;

Save Manatees, designed to raise awareness of the plight of the beloved marine mammal;

Underground Railroad, sepia-toned portraits of 10 fighters in slavery’s resistance network;

Radiant Star, a presorted standard stamp of a graphic blue star with radiating red and white stripes;

Wedding Blooms, a vertical 2-ounce stamp that can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations;

Celebration Blooms, a Forever stamp that can be used for the RSVPs accompanying heavy invitations;

Garden Delights, four stamps depicting ruby-throated hummingbirds at four flower varieties;

Saul Bellow, the 34th Literary Arts stamp, featuring a pen, ink and watercolor portrait of the prizewinning author superimposed on a Chicago street scene;

Pinback Buttons, 10 stamps designed to look like whimsical retro pinback buttons;

Protect Sea Turtles, close-up photos of six species that depend on U.S. coastal waters for foraging and migratory habitats;

Shaker Design, a tribute to the simple, utilitarian aesthetic of the religious sect on the 250th anniversary of their arrival on U.S. shores;

Horses, five stamps featuring photos of beautiful equines in profile, with a sixth in the selvage;

Bluegrass, a tribute to the uniquely American music style;

First Continental Congress, 1774, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the meeting of 12 of the 13 Colonies in 1774;

Autumn Colors, 10 stamps depicting brilliant and radiant displays of the season;

Christmas Madonna and Child, a traditional Christmas stamp with art from the Workshop of Sassoferrato;

Hanukkah, a graphic stamp in blue and white, common colors of the Jewish holiday, depicting a hanukiah with all its candles lighted;

Kwanzaa, a stamp celebrating the pan-African holiday in vivid hues depicting a drummer and two dancers; and

Winter Whimsy, four graphic illustrations of lacy, symmetrical snowflakes.

“The 2024 stamps were designed to offer the American public a broad array of choices for those looking to collect stamps or send a special message,” said USPS Stamp Services Director Lisa Bobb-Semple.

The Postal Service announced the stamps on Oct. 23. The designs are preliminary and subject to change.

All of the releases will be Forever stamps, unless otherwise noted.

Additional 2024 stamps will be announced later.

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