Christmas Carols Booklet (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_carols1The 2017 Christmas season will be celebrated with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. ” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. Shades of blue in the stamp backgrounds evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was art director; artist Steve McCracken created the original art. carols_bklt

“The Snowy Day” Booklet (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_snowyday1In 2017, Ezra Jack Keats’ most beloved story, “The Snowy Day,” will be showcased. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children author, it was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child. Each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet features a different illustration of main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The images include: Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel, and Peter leaving footprints in the snow. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with Ezra Jack Keat’s original art.

Protect Pollinators (U.S. 2017)

s_pollinators1From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

This stamp pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America. These particular species exemplify the ecological service provided by all pollinators, which include other insects, birds, and bats. Crop pollination by insects contributes approximately $15 billion of produce to the U. S. economy each year. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators are helped by planting pollinator gardens with native flowers or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp pane with existing photographs.


This subject was previous covered by the USPS in 2007: pollination1

Henry David Thoreau (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_thoreau1With his personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism and the questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) continues to inspire readers. For 26 months, Thoreau lived in a one-room house on a lake just outside his hometown of Concord, MA, writing prolifically while farming, reading, thinking, taking long walks and observing nature around him. “Walden,” the 1854 book he wrote about his experience, still holds the attention of readers by blending elements of numerous genres to create a complex, eclectic and unique work. Art director Greg Breeding designed this stamp with original art by Sam Weber.  thoreau_sheetComment:

The USPS honored Thoreau in 1967: thoreau1967

Andrew Wyeth (U.S. 2017)

Updated November 29th, 2016: The American Philatelic Society and Art Fix Daily report these stamps will be issued July 12th at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa., south of Philadelphia.

According to Art Fix Daily, the 12 stamps show details of the following paintings:

  • Alvaro and Christina, 1968
  • Big Room, 1988
  • The Carry, 2003
  • Christina’s World, 1948
  • Frostbitten, 1962
  • North Light, 1984
  • Sailor’s Valentine, 1985
  • Soaring, 1942-50
  • Spring Fed, 1967
  • My Studio, 1974
  • Wind from the Sea, 1947
  • Young Bull, 1960

“The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, on view on view from June 24 through September 17 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s,” says Art Fix Daily. “The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes over 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.” The exhibition will be shown in Seattle in October.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_wyeth1Mastering a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life — a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation. Finding endless inspiration both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and in rural Maine, he scrutinized the lives, houses and personal belongings of people around him, sometimes painting their portraits but just as often using objects and places to represent them. 2017 is the centennial of Wyeth’s birth. With subtle symbolism and eerie implications, his work invites us to reinterpret his personal vision. Derry Noyes art directed and designed this pane of 12 stamps.

The USPS revised the design image for this issue on November 23rd: s_wyeth

Have A Ball! (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_balls1The U. S. Postal Service celebrates our nation passion for athletics with Have a Ball! The stamps feature colorful illustrations of eight different sports balls: baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Millions in the U. S. participate annually in the sports represented on the stamps. Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director. Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art.

Robert Panara (U.S. 2017)

Updated February 7th: This stamp will be issued Tuesday, April 11th, with a ceremony at 10 a.m. in Rochester, New York, according to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where Panara taught for more than 20 years. No specific location is given.

“I’m very proud to see my dad honored and Deaf culture recognized in this way, and I want to thank the personnel at the USPS Stamp Development Office for all their work in the design process,” said Panara’s son John, himself a faculty member at RIT/NTID, in the press release.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_panara1The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. The stamp features a 2009 photograph of Panara. He is shown signing the word “respect. “During his 40-year teaching career, Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language. Panara taught at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC for nearly 20 years at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (part of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Mark Benjamin, official photographer of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester. panara_sheet

Mississippi Statehood (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 5th: This stamp will be issued March 31st in Gulfport, Mississippi.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_mississippi1This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood. Mississippi became the 20th state on Dec. 10, 1817. The stamp features a 2009 photograph showing a close-up of a guitar player hands. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music. Among states, the Magnolia State is 32nd in size, and with nearly three million people, it ranks 31st in population. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photo taken by Lou Bopp.

Celebration Corsage (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_corsage1This new 2-ounce stamp is perfect for many of life special moments, as it can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations; oversize greeting cards for all occasions; and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. Celebration Corsage is similar in design to the Celebration Boutonniere Forever stamp, and the two form a natural pair. The corsage was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Celebration Boutonniere (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_boutonniere1This new Forever stamp is similar in design to the two-ounce Celebration Corsage stamp and can be used for weddings and RSVP cards. It also is perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements, birthday cards, Father’s Day cards and other occasions. The stamp art features a photograph of an arrangement of ranunculus, with floral accents of succulents, Astrantia, Berzelia, and clubmoss greenery. The ribbon wrapping the stems harmonizes with the colors and textures of the plant material. The boutonniere was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.