The U.S. Postal Service announced many of the US stamps it will issue in 2024.
“As always, our stamp program features a broad array of subjects and designs. Stamps are miniature works of art and often tell a story that highlights our American culture, our people or an important point in our history,” said Lisa Bobb-Semple, acting Stamp Services director for USPS. “Stamps also allow us to show what’s important to us as we carefully select which stamp adorns our mailpieces. 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.”
This is a partial list, with more to be revealed in the weeks and months ahead. All stamp designs are preliminary and subject to change.
Lunar New Year ∙ Year of the Dragon
The fifth of 12 stamps in the latest Lunar New Year stamp series celebrates the Year of the Dragon. The dragon mask design incorporates colors and patterns with symbolic meaning. Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp and pane with original art by Camille Chew.
The 2024 Love stamp features a stylized bird in flight bearing a message of love in its beak. Made of four geometric shapes shown against a rich red background, the white bird carries a pink envelope sealed with a red heart. Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS, designed this stamp with an original digital illustration by Katie Kirk.
The Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating the U.S. flag with these stamps. Four stamps feature the flag majestically waving at different times of the day. Illustrator Laura Stutzman painted the designs using gouache on illustration board. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps.
Constance Baker Motley
The 47th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Constance Baker Motley (1921–2005), the first African American woman known to have argued a case before the United States Supreme Court and the first to serve as a federal judge. The stamp features a portrait of Motley created by Charly Palmer.
$1 Floral Geometry
In 2024, a new Floral Geometry stamp will be available for purchase. The stamp art features a series of overlapping geometric shapes that mimic the symmetry of floral patterns found in nature. The stamps were designed and created by the firm Spaeth Hill. Antonio Alcalá served as art director for USPS.
Pillars of Creation (Priority Mail)
Captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, this extremely high-definition infrared image shows the magnificent Pillars of Creation formation within the Eagle Nebula. Greg Breeding, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp with an image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Cosmic Cliffs (Priority Mail Express)
This remarkable image from the James Webb Space Telescope is a digitally colored depiction of the invisible bands of mid-infrared light emitted by the Cosmic Cliffs of the Carina Nebula. Greg Breeding, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp using an image provided by NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Low Denomination Flowers (1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 cents)
A new series of low denomination stamps will debut in 2024. Each stamp will showcase a different flower design: 1-cent fringed tulip, 2-cent daffodils, 3-cent peonies, 5-cent red tulips and 10-cent poppies and coneflowers. Photographer Harold Davis combines innovative technology with digital painting and photographic techniques to arrive at his unique floral designs. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps.
The Save Manatees stamp will be issued to create awareness about the threats posed to this beloved marine mammal. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp and booklet cover using illustrator Nancy Stahl’s original graphic design.
From the time slavery was introduced to the Colonies until it was abolished in 1865, enslaved people tried to escape. This stamp issuance commemorates the Underground Railroad, as their resistance efforts became known. Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps using existing images.
Radiant Star will be a new presorted standard stamp intended for bulk mailers and will be sold. Antonio Alcalá was the art director for USPS on the project. The stamp was designed by Carol Beehler.
This stamp is similar in design to the Celebration Blooms Forever stamp, also to be issued in 2024. The two will form a natural pair. This stamp features a vertical graphic illustration of brilliantly colored flowers rendered in ink and gouache paint. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp using an existing illustration by artist Kim Parker.
A beautiful addition to regular correspondence, it is also ideal for party invitations, thank-you notes and important announcements. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp using an existing illustration by artist Kim Parker.
These stamps will be available for mailers who enjoy adorning their cards and letters with beautiful stamps depicting nature scenes. In each of the four photographs, a different female ruby-throated hummingbird hovers next to either a zinnia, cigar flower, spotted touch-me-not or sunflower. Greg Breeding, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps using existing photographs by wildlife photographer Ben King.
The 34th issuance in the Literary Arts series honors novelist Saul Bellow (1915-2005). The stamp art is a portrait of Bellow in pen, ink and watercolor based on photographs from 1982. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the 3- ounce stamp with original art by Joe Ciardiello.
These vibrant stamps will add cheer and whimsical flair to cards and envelopes. The pane of 20 stamps features 10 typographic designs by 10 different artists in their unique styles, each with a single word as the prominent element –– smile (Don Clark), hello! (Tré Seals), peace (Jay Fletcher), love (Juan Carlos Pagan), fun (Gia Graham), sweet (Jeff Rogers), yes! (Ryan Feerer), cheers! (Lisa Congdon), kudos! (DKNG Studios) and happy (Gina Triplett). Greg Breeding, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps.
Protect Sea Turtles
This issuance encourages the protection of sea turtles, one of the oldest groups of animals on Earth. These ancient mariners can migrate long distances, sometimes crossing entire oceans. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps and stamp pane using existing images.
The year 2024 will mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the first Shakers in the United States. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps with existing photographs by Michael Freeman.
This stamp issuance celebrates America’s love of horses. This pane of 20 stamps features five photographs of beautiful equines, each in profile. The selvage showcases a sixth horse. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed these stamps with existing photographs by Stephanie Moon and Karen Wegehenkel.
Bluegrass music combines elements of country music, sacred songs, string band music, the blues and traditions of Scotland and Ireland into a style that is uniquely American. Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp with original art by Heather Moulder.
First Continental Congress, 1774
In 2024, the Postal Service commemorates the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress. The stamp art features a quote from the Congress’s protest letter to the King of England. The 12 stars stand for the 12 Colonies represented at the meeting. (Georgia did not agree with the protest and did not send representatives.) Antonio Alcalá served as art director, designer and typographer for this stamp.
The radiant beauty of fall will be celebrated with 10 new stamps in a pane of 20, featuring a portfolio of brilliant photographs taken in a variety of locations around the United States. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps with existing photographs by renowned nature and garden photographer Allen Rokach (1941–2021).
Christmas Madonna and Child
A new traditional Christmas stamp will be issued in 2024 featuring the Madonna and Child from the Workshop of Sassoferrato. William Gicker was the art director for the project. Greg Breeding designed the stamp, which will be sold in booklets of 20.
A new stamp celebrating the joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will be issued in 2024. The art is a graphic depiction of a hanukiah, the nine-branch candelabra used only at Hanukkah, with all candles lighted, signifying the last evening of the holiday. The artwork is created mostly in blue and white, common Hanukkah colors. Antonio Alcalá, an art director for USPS, designed and illustrated the stamp art.
The Postal Service will issue its 10th stamp celebrating Kwanzaa in 2024. The artwork for this colorful stamp is a digital collage depicting three figures: a male drummer and two female dancers. The art was inspired by a live performance witnessed by the artist, Ekua Holmes, during a Kwanzaa event. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamp.
Four new stamps in a booklet of 20 celebrate the winter season with lacy, symmetrical graphic forms inspired by snowflakes. Each stamp in the block of four includes a unique design in white against a background of a single color: navy blue, teal, tan or dark blue-green. Greg Breeding was the art director for the project. Bailey Sullivan designed and illustrated the stamps.