Peeking at USA stamps for 2021 – UPDATED details

Peeking at USA stamps for 2021 – UPDATED details

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 –

Coffee and a secret

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 – January


USPS 2021 stamps - LOVE

Love – part of a long running series


Continuing series that started in 1973

One stamp

Stamp designer: Baily Sullivan

Release Date: Jan. 14, 2021

USPS stamp showing Castillo de San Marcos fortifications in Florida

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

Oldest masonry fortification in USA

Stamp designer: Greg Breeding | Artist: Dan Cosgrove

Release date: Jan. 24, 2021

USPS stamp showing the brush rabbit

Little Brush Rabbit

Brush Rabbit

One stamp with “Additional Ounce”

Stamp designer: Ethel Kessler | Artist: Dugald Stermer (1936-2011)

Release date: Jan. 24, 2021


USPS stamps for 2021 showcasing barns

USPS stamps for 2021 showcasing barns

Barn Post Card Stamps depicting 4 seasons

Four stamps in series with “POSTCARD” printed on them

Stamp designer: Ashley Walton | Artist: Kim Johnson

Release date: Jan. 24, 2021


USPS Black History Month Stamp - August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson (1945 – 2005) – Black Heritage Month

Renowned playwright

Stamp designer: Ethel Kessler | Artist: Tim O’Brien

Release date: Jan. 28, 2021

USA stamps for 2021 – February

USPS 2021 stamps - Year of the Ox

USPS 2021 stamps – Year of the Ox

USPS Souvenir sheet of Lunar New Year stamp

Souvenir sheet

Lunar New Year -Year of the Ox

One stamp + full souvenir sheet

Stamp designer:  Antonio Alcalá 

Artist: Camille Chew

Release date: Feb. 2, 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”

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)

Nuclear physicist

One stamp

Stamp designer: Ethel Kessler | Original artist: Kam Mak

Release date: February 11, 2021



USPS Stamps 2021 – Spring & Fall

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

Garden Beauty stamps for Spring 2021

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Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

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An intriguin offering for 2021 stamps - Mystery Message

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

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USPS 2021 stamp - Colorado Hairstreak butterfly

Colorado Hairstreak

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USPS celebrates the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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Espresso Drinks for 2021 USPS stamps

Now we’re talking – Espresso Drinks

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A fun set of stamps - Backyard Games

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

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2021 stamps for spring -Garden Beauty

Garden Beauty stamps for Spring 2021

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USPS stamp with Happy Birthday scene

Happy Birthday

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Series of stamps highlighting Heritage Breeds for 2021

2021 stamps showing off heritage breeds

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Message Monsters stamps showing little colourful monsters

Message Monsters

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

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

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Missouri Statehood stamps

Missouri Statehood

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Colourful stamps showing off Western Wear

Western Wear

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2021 US stamp Raven Story

Raven Story will honour a 2021 stamp

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USPS announced 5 late additions for the 2021 year.  The topics cover everything from science to sports and arts. It’s a bit irritating that no release dates are available yet. When they arrive, I’ll reorganise the page to reflect this.

USPS stamps 2021 - picture of Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

Baseball all-star

1 stamp

Artist: Charles Chaisson

Lettering: Michael Doret

Designer: Antonio Alcalá

No release date


USPS stamp for 2021 featuring picture of Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)
Sci-fi and fantasy novelistOne stampLiterary Arts series – stamp #33

The stamp features a portrait of Le Guin based on a 2006 photograph. The background shows a scene from her landmark 1969 novel “The Left Hand of Darkness,” in which an envoy from Earth named Genly Ai escapes from a prison camp across the wintry planet of Gethen with Estraven, a disgraced Gethenian politician.

Designer: Antonio Alcalá based on artwork by Donato Giancola

No release date


USPS stamp for 2021 showing panel of 4 stamps showing Emilio Sanchez prints

Emilio Sanchez

Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999)

Four stamps

Based on Sanchez lithographs & prints:

  • “Los Toldos” (1973),
  • “Ty’s Place” (1976),
  • “En el Souk” (1972)
  • Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) (1981)

Designer: Antonio Alcalá

No release date


USPS 2021 sheet of 10 stamps showing Sun Science

Sun Science

Sun Science

Ten stamps in series

The striking colors do not represent the actual colors of the sun as perceived by human eyesight. Instead, each image is colorized by NASA according to different wavelengths that reveal or highlight specific features of the sun’s activity.

Designer: Antonio Alcalá

No release date


5 USPS stamps depicting different tap dancers

Celebrating tap dancing

Tap Dance

Four stamps in series

Designer: Ethel Kessler designed the stamps | Photographs by Matthew Murphy

No release date


Mallard duck on a prestamped card

Mallard on a pre-stamped card


One stamped card

Designer: Ethel Kessler from artwork by Dugald Stermer (1936-2011)

No release date


Check out the upcoming Canadian stamps for 2021

Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps announced