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Peeking at USA stamps for 2021

Written by catpaw

December 28, 2020

USA stamps for 2021 will see some old friends return along with a couple of fun new issues. The ever-popular Black History Month, Love and Chinese New Year stamps will be back of course. I doubt a US postal offering would be complete without them. Although not shown in the USPS press release, there will also be Christmas and Diwali stamps available. The US Postal Service is also serving up a few new stamps in 2021 that piqued my interest. Among them are coffee and confusion.

Old favourites return

Jan 14 will see the return of the LOVE stamps. Hard to believe the first LOVE stamp was sold in 1973. Since then, it has gradually turned into a perennial stamp. Check out the USPS online store to pre-order them Love Stamp |

Black Heritage Month will celebrate the late, very great playwright August Wilson.

Wilson, a master storyteller, honed his craft by walking the streets of his Hill District neighborhood as a young man, observing, and immersing himself in Black street life, listening to old-timers talk about their daily lives. It inspired what would become his plays’ vibrant characters and lyrical language. August Wilson Archive | University of Pittsburgh Library System

This 44th stamp in the series is already available for pre-ordering August Wilson Stamp | It will be released Jan 28th, 2021. The first stamp featuring Black History Month was the 1978 Harriet Tubman stamp. If you would like to research more on African Americans on stamps, start with the USPS page African American Subjects on United States Postage Stamps – Who We Are – USPS

One of the USPS’ popular series has been the Lighthouses of America stamps.  The series began 30 years ago, April 26, 1990. This year the following lighthouses will be shown: Thomas Point Shoal, MD; Montauk Point, NY; Harbor of Refuge, DE; Navesink, NJ; and Erie Harbor Pierhead, PA. I imagine collectors should start looking for them in April.

The US Lighthouse Society has a delightful page on collecting lighthouse stamps. If you haven’t checked them out, here’s the link Collecting Lighthouse Stamps by Richard T. Richardson | US Lighthouse Society ( If you are interested in starting a lighthouse stamp specialty collection, this would be a good starting point.

The flower offerings, Garden Beauties, will include a pink dogwood; a rose-pink and white tulip; ornamental onion; a pink and white Asiatic lily; a magenta dahlia; a yellow and pink American lotus; a pink moth orchid; a pink and white sacred lotus; an orange and yellow tulip; and a yellow moth orchid.  (From the press release Hello, 2021 – U.S. Postal Service Announces Upcoming Stamps – Newsroom –

New Stamps for 2021 – coffee and confusion

The USPS Espresso Drink stamps are, as expected, of interest to me. It’s not just the caffeine content that caught my eye, it’s the warm design that I appreciate. The stamps are a combo of rich colours and great typography. Four stamps will be sold – caffe latte, espresso, caffe mocha and cappuccino. Too bad they weren’t scratch and sniff. The stamps are nice little works of art so kudos to Greg Breeding who designed the stamps using the artwork of Terry Allen.

Mystery Message stamps are intriguing.  “The new Mystery Message stamp will put your sleuthing skills to the test. Featuring bright colors and interesting shapes, the stamp design is a visual riddle spelling out a message. Each colorful square contains a letter in an interesting pattern. The patterns, though seemingly random, were carefully placed so that when put all together, the message reads.” Ah yes, a dose of frustration offered up with the daily mail and morning espresso. What could go wrong?

USA stamps for 2021

USPS 2021 stamps - LOVE

USPS 2021 stamps – LOVE Pre-order now available Love Stamp | On sale Jan 14, 2021

USPS Black History Month Stamp - August Wilson

August Wilson – on presale now August Wilson Stamp |

USPS stamps for 2021 showcasing barns

USPS stamps for 2021 show casing barns. Onsale Jan 24, 2021. You can pre-order now Barns Postcard Stamp Stamp |

USPS stamp showing the brush rabbit

Little Brush Rabbit will be released Jan 24, 2021. Pre-ordering available now Brush Rabbit |

2021 stamps for spring -Garden Beauty - USA stamps for 2021

Garden Beauty stamps for Spring 2021

USPS 2021 stamp - Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) nuclear physicist

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) “one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century”

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

An intriguin offering for 2021 stamps - Mystery Message

So, what’s the message? We’ll have to wait.

USPS 2021 stamps - Year of the Ox

USPS 2021 stamps – Year of the Ox

USPS 2021 stamp - Colorado Hairstreak butterfly

Colorado Hairstreak butterfly

USPS celebrates the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead – first stamps issued by USPS to celebrate the day

A fun set of stamps - Backyard Games

Backyard games – badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball, and pick-up baseball

2021 US stamp Raven Story

Raven Story, from Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, will honour a 2021 stamp

Series of stamps highlighting Heritage Breeds for 2021

2021 stamps heritage breeds. Animals that were the backbone of farms in pre-industrial USA

Colourful stamps showing off Western Wear

Western Wear

Missouri Statehood stamps

Bicentennial of Missouri statehood

The always popular lighthouse series adds 4 more stamps to the series

The always popular lighthouse series adds 4 more stamps to the series

Espresso Drinks for 2021 USPS stamps

Now we’re talking – Espresso Drinks. Latte, espresso, caffe mocha and cappuccino

USPS stamp with Happy Birthday scene

Happy Birthday

Message Monsters stamps showing little colourful monsters

Message Monsters


Check out the upcoming Canadian stamps for 2021

Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps announced



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