The US Postal Service today unveiled some of the new stamp designs for 2022 which include story makers, a musician, flowers and fruits and two new “Love” stamps.
âThe new 2022 stamps are miniature works of art, designed to be educational and appeal to collectors and correspondents around the world,â said William Gicker, director of stamp services for the USPS. As always, the program features a variety of topics celebrating American culture and history. The vibrant colors and unique designs of this year’s selections will add a special touch of beauty to your envelopes.
The stamps announced today are only a partial list of what is planned for next year. The Postal Service said all designs are preliminary and subject to change.
These descriptions were provided by the U.S. Postal Service in a press release:
Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger. The third of 12 stamps in the latest Lunar New Year stamp set celebrates the Year of the Tiger. Reminiscent of the richly decorated masks used in dragon or lion dances often performed on Lunar New Year parades, this three-dimensional mask depicting a tiger is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk art craft created during this auspicious time of the year. The design of the tiger mask incorporates colors and patterns symbolic of the holidays. Artistic director Antonio AlcalÃ¡ designed the stamp and glass with original illustrations by Camille Chew.
Blueberries. The new 4-cent blueberry stamp will be available for sale in panels of 20 and in reels of 3,000 and 10,000. The stamp features a pen, ink and watercolor illustration of a cluster of blueberries and leaves. Blueberries will join other low denomination stamps of similar design available for purchase separately: Apples at 1 Cent, Meyer Lemons at 2 Cent, Strawberries at 3 Cent, Raisins at 5 Cent and Pears at 10 Cent. Artistic director Derry Noyes designed the stamps using existing illustrations by John Burgoyne.
American flags. The Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating the American flag with this stamp, which will be available in flaps of 20, booklets of 20, and reels of 100, 3,000 and 10,000. The stamp art is a painting of three flags in a circular formation, reminiscent of the 50 flags encircling the Washington Monument. The artist used three photographs of the same flag taken seconds apart as a reference and assembled the images into one composition. Laura Stutzman was the creator and illustrator of the stamp. Ethel Kessler was the artistic director.
Love 2022. The two new Love stamps celebrate the joy that flowers bring. Inspired by ancient European folk art, the stamps feature digital artwork with similar designs: three stylized round flowers arranged symmetrically along the top, with smaller round flowers in each of the lower corners. The background color of one stamp is powder blue and the other is coral. The twisted vines, which contain small, multi-petaled flowers, form abstract heart shapes. The letters of the word “LOVE” are interspersed among the decorative vines. Bailey Sullivan designed the stamps and created the original art. Greg Breeding was the artistic director.
Edmonia Lewis. The 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series pays homage to sculptor Edmonia Lewis (circa 1844-1907). As the first African-American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, Lewis challenged social barriers and assumptions about artists in mid-19th century America. The stamp art is a portrait of Lewis in casein on wood, based on a photograph taken in Boston between 1864 and 1871. Art director Antonio AlcalÃ¡ designed the stamp with original art by Alex Bostic.
Butterfly garden flowers. The two unlined Butterfly Garden Flowers stamps are intended for bulk mailings by authorized non-profit organizations. Each stamp features one of two flowers that butterflies like to visit: scabiosis or the cosmos. Inspired by the design of block-printed textiles and patterns, the artist hand-sculpted the images into linoleum blocks. After inking the blocks, she pressed them onto paper, scanned the images, and added color digitally. Artistic director Antonio AlcalÃ¡ designed the stamps with original illustrations by Rigel Stuhmiller.
Mountain flora. These four new stamps celebrate the beauty of mountain flowers. Each Mountain Flora stamp features a different flower: a purple pasqueflower, an orange-red wood lily, a bright yellow alpine buttercup and a dark pink woodland rose. The artist’s hand-drawn illustrations, digitally refined, create a block print aesthetic. The stamps will be issued in booklets of 20 and in reels of 3,000 and 10,000. Artistic Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original artwork by Lili Arnold.
Title IX. This stamp release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Applied in educational institutions on a wide range of programs, its most visible impact has been on school sports. Four different stamps feature the dark blue silhouettes of one of the four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast and a footballer. Branches of yellow laurel, symbols of victory, rest in their hair and on the swimmer’s cap. Artist Melinda Beck designed the stamps. Derry Noyes was the artistic director.
Bouquet of sunflowers. The 2 oz Sunflower Bouquet stamp features a range of sunflowers, irises and other small flowers priced to suit the weight of heavy invitations, oversized greeting cards and other mailings that require postage additional. The Tournesol Bouquet Stamp is similar in design to the new Tulips Forever Stamp, and the two form a natural pair. The stamp was designed by artistic director Ethel Kessler, with a digital photograph by Harold Davis.
Tulips. The Tulips Forever stamp features a bright, almost ethereal assortment of layered tulips in red, orange, yellow, purple and white on a shiny white background. It is similar in design to the 2 oz Sunflower Bouquet stamp. This stamp was designed by artistic director Ethel Kessler, with a digital photograph of Harold Davis.
Catherine Graham. The 17th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Katharine Graham (1917-2001), the first woman to run a Fortune 500 company and a central figure in turbulent times in American history. The stamp features an oil portrait of Graham, based on a photograph taken in the 1970s, at the height of her influence as the owner and president of The Washington Post Co., where she was also the editor of her flagship newspaper. . Artistic Director Derry Noyes designed the stamp with original art by Lynn Staley.
Pete Seeger. The 10th stamp in the Music Icons series pays tribute to Pete Seeger (1919-2014), a champion of traditional music and its power to inspire activism. Seeger’s clear tenor voice, iconic banjo, and enormous charisma turned concerts into songs to sing along to. The stamp art features a color-tinted black and white photograph of Seeger singing and playing his banjo in the early 1960s, by Dan Seeger, the artist’s son. One side of the glass features 16 stamps and an image of a piece of record appearing to protrude from the top of the sleeve. A larger fine art photograph of the stamp appears on the reverse side. Artistic director Antonio AlcalÃ¡ designed the stamp and the glass.
Women’s rowing. These stamps celebrate women’s rowing, a graceful yet demanding sport in which American women have excelled, including at the Olympics. The artwork, which covers the entire strand, is a stylized illustration of five eight-person rowing teams competing or training. Four models of stamps are presented in a panel of 20 stamps arranged in five rows of four in staggered rows. Nancy Stahl designed and illustrated the stamps and the glass. Ethel Kessler was the artistic director.
Eugenie Clark. Affectionately known as the âShark Lady,â pioneering marine biologist Eugenie Clark (1922-2015) has spent her career working tirelessly to change public perceptions of sharks as well as to preserve marine environments around the world. The stamp art features a digital collage including a photograph of Clark and a lemon shark. Wavy blue elements in the background evoke an underwater scene. Multidisciplinary artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya designed and created the stamp. Antonio AlcalÃ¡ was the artistic director.
National marine sanctuaries. For 50 years, U.S. marine sanctuaries and national marine monuments have had protected areas of special ecological, cultural, and historical significance. Each of the 16 stamps on the shutter features a photograph of a site that is part of the National Marine Sanctuary System, highlighting some of our country’s precious natural treasures. A National Marine Sanctuary System map is printed on the back of the shutter. Artistic Director Greg Breeding designed the shutter using existing photographs and a new picture card.
Pony cars. Over the past six decades, pony cars have become a quintessentially American obsession, bringing a youthful spirit to the automotive world. These stamps celebrate five iconic American automobiles: the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the 1970 Dodge Challenger R / T, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z / 28, the 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT and the AMC Javelin SST from 1969. The daring and dramatic work, painted in oil on panel, captures the energy and mystique of pony cars. Zack Bryant designed the stamps with original artwork by Tom Fritz. Greg Breeding was the artistic director.
Elephants. This light and playful stamp celebrates America’s affection for elephants. A graphic illustration of an elephant interacting with its young calf represents the loving nature of these beloved animals. Two stylized plants and a bright orange sun add whimsy and color. The elephant stamp will be sold in booklets of 20. Artistic Director Derry Noyes designed the stamp with original art by Rafael LÃ³pez.
George Morrison. One of the nation’s foremost modernist artists and a founding figure of Native American modernism, George Morrison (1919-2000) questioned dominant ideas about what Native American art should be, arguing that the identity of a artist can exist regardless of the nature of the art he creates. . Morrison is best known for his abstract landscapes and monumental wood collages. A pack of 20 colorful stamps features five of Morrison’s works of art. The edge presents a photograph of the artist in his home studio. Antonio AlcalÃ¡ was the artistic director and designer of this stamp panel.
Mighty Mississippi. The Mississippi River is variously called the backbone, heart, and soul of America. The Mighty Mississippi Outlet honors the great river with a portfolio of 10 photographic stamps, each depicting a state along its course. On the back of the shutter is a map of the central United States, detailing the river and its major tributaries. Artistic Director Ethel Kessler designed the shutter using existing photographs.