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The US 2022 stamp program

Written by catpaw

December 31, 2021

The US 2022 stamp program offers up a rich sampling of American history and culture. I spent a fun afternoon chasing down interesting links and videos to share with you about the topics and artists involved with the program. Not all material has been attached below (as of publishing date) because I’m saving a few treats for the actual release days.

2021 produced 2 sets that were tops in my view. The first was April’s Espresso Drinks. The team of artist Terry Allen and designer Gary Breeding produced a delicious and classic 4 stamp set.

USPS 2021 stamps - espresso drinks

Breeding’s use of different typography for each drink created a wonderful, vintage feel to the designs.

The next set was artist Ryan Feerer’s first design for USPS. He was thrilled to be asked to work with Greg Breeding to produce what I think is an iconic set of Americana.

Colourful stamps showing off Western Wear

I’m so thankful that @gregbreeding gave me the opportunity to work on this. Such an amazing human being and incredible to work with. I can’t express how much this project means to me. My grandfather was a postmaster in a small New Mexico town. He would’ve been so proud!
Ryan Feerer June 25, 2021 in a Twitter conversation (I added the italics & bolding)

I hope to see Feerer return to stamp design duties one day.

The new year is a banner year for women in history, with Edmonia Lewis, Katharine Graham, Women Cryptologists and Eugenie Clark each honoured. Good history, good artwork and a rich stable of talented designers have produced another fun year for American stamp collectors.

US 2022 stamp program

January

Blueberries

Blue hill cancel

Blueberries 2022 USA

Blueberries & fags FDC

Blueberries 2022 USA

1 stamp, cover, cancel, coils, sheets of 20
offset microprint

Artist: John Burgoyne
Designer: Derry Noyes

Release date: January 9, 2022


U.S. Flags – forever stamp

US flag generic cancel US Flag cancel

USA - new flag forever stamps

USA - new flag forever stamps on a sheet of 20

US Flag FDC colour cancel US FLag FDC generic cancel

USA flag pin USPS2022

1 stamp, 2 cancels, sheets of 20, booklets of 20, pins

Designer/artist: Laura Stutzman

Release date: January 9, 2022


Love 2022

Love USPS 2022 black cancel Love USPS 2022 colour cancel

Love 2022 US post

Love USPS 2022

Love USPS 2022 FDCs Love 2022 US post colour cancel

release ceremony memento LOVE

2 stamps, sheet of 20, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, release ceremony memento, framed stamps, press cut sheets

You can download a list of all the LOVE stamps (and designers) issued by the USPS since January 1974 Love Series Stamps (usps.com). The first was designed by Robert Indiana. This is Bailey Sullivan’s first LOVE stamp.

Designer/artist: Bailey Sullivan

Release date: January 14, 2022


Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger 2022 USA cancel in black Year of the TIger 2022 USA cancel in colour

Year of the Tiger 2022 USA

Year of the Tiger 2022 USA sheet

Year of the Tiger 2022 USA FDC Year of the Tiger 2022 USA FDC

Year of the Tiger USA pinYear of the Tiger USA red envelope

Year of the Tiger USA portfolioYear of the Tiger USA folder

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, 2 cancels, on in colour, red envelope, pins, presentation pack, release ceremony memento, press cut sheets

**USPS licensed VeVe to create and issue NTF cryptos of the Lunar New Year issues. The Tiger, Ox and Rat stamps can be seen Crypto Stamp Catalogue | Bitter Grounds Magazine

Artist: Camille Chew
Designer: Antonio Alcalá

Release date: January 20, 2022


Edmonia Lewis – Black History Month

Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month fdc black cancel Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month fdc colour cancel

Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month

Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month sheet

Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month FDC2 Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month fdc1

Edmonia Lewis - Black History Month framed stampEdmonia Lewis - Black History Month souvenir memento

1 stamp, sheet of 20, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, framed stamp (9.5″x11.5″), 1st day release ceremony memento, press sheets
offset microprint

45th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Edmonia Lewis, the first African American and Native American sculptor to earn international recognition. The stamp art is a casein-paint portrait based on a photograph of Lewis by Augustus Marshall made in Boston between 1864 and 1871.
USPS issuing Edmonia Lewis Black Heritage Forever stamp Jan. 26 – Newsroom – About.usps.com

Edmonia Lewis is considered the first professional BIPOC sculptor in the United States and the first to achieve international acclaim. Even though much of her work has not survived into the 21st century, Lewis used her art to depict the stories of women and Indigenous people with reverence and beauty. Shattering gender and racial expectations in the 19th-century U.S., her life story is a testament to the ability to succeed despite adversity. Edmonia Lewis | National Women’s History Museum (womenshistory.org)

Artist: Alex Bostic
Designer: Antonio Alcalá

Release date: January 26, 2022


February

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts USA 2022 Palace of Fine Arts USA 2022

1 stamp, mini sheet of 4, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels
offset microprint

The Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District of San Francisco. If you ever get a chance to visit San Francisco, take it and don’t miss seeing this beautiful piece of architecture.

Following the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was inspired to show the world how it had risen from the ashes. So, in 1910, business and civic leaders convened to discuss making the city the site of the century’s first great world’s fair, a grand exposition to honor the completion of the Panama Canal. In two hours, $4 million was raised and San Francisco beat competitors like New Orleans and Washington, D.C. to host the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Palace of Fine Arts Event Venue in San Francisco

Designer: Greg Breeding
Artist: Dan Cosgrove

Release date: February 14, 2022


Monument Valley

Monument Valley colour cancel Monument Valley black cancel

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley FDC Monument Valley black cancel

1 stamp, mini sheet of 4, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels
offset microprint

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park | Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation

Designer: Greg Breeding
Artist: Dan Cosgrove

Release date: February 14, 2022


March

50th anniversary of Title IX

Title X colour cancel Title x black cancel

Title X

Title X fdc set one Title X colour FDC

Title X ceremony release pack Title X pins Title X portfolio

4 stamps, sheets of 20 (with all 4 designs), 4 FDCs, 2 cancels, release ceremony memento, portfolio, pin
press cut sheets also available, NFT available.
offset

“Title IX is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – Newsroom – About.usps.com

  • runner
  • swimmer
  • gymnast
  • soccer player

Read more about Title IX (ed.gov).

Artist/designer: Melinda Beck Melinda Beck – illustration and design

Release date: March 3, 2022


African Daisy

African daisy colour cancel African Daisy black cancel

African Daisy

African Daisy FDC African Daisy FDC colour cancel

1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, 2 cancels

African daisy Osteospermum

Designer: Greg Breeding
Photograph: Cindy Dyer Cindy Dyer Photography
Dyer’s photographs previously appeared on Water Lilies Forever in 2015 and Ferns in 2014 & reissued in 2015 as Forever stamps

Release date: March 14, 2022


Mountain Flora

wildflowers USA 2022 cancel full colour wildflowers USA 2022 cancel

Mountain flora block

wildflowers USA 2022 FDC black cancel wildflowers USA 2022 FDC colour cancel

4 stamps, 4 FDCs, 2 cancels
framed stamps, notecards also available

  • pasqueflower Anemone patens
  • wood lily Lilium philadelphicum
  • alpine buttercup Ranunculus adoneus
  • Woods’ rose Rosa woodsii

Artist: Lili Arnold Lili Arnold | California Printmaker & Illustrator
Hand-drawn & digital techniques were used to create these 4 stamps
Designer: Ethel Kessler

Release date: March 14, 2022


April

Shel Silverstein (1930–1999)

Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) FDC cancel 2 Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) FDC cancel 1

Shel Silverstein (1930–1999)

Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) FDC 2 Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) FDC 1

Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) sheet of 20

1 stamp, sheets of 10, FDC, 2 cancels

Designer: Derry Noyes
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein, from his book The Giving Tree
Welcome to Shel Silverstein | Shel Silverstein

Release date: April 8, 2022


Flags on Barns

Flags on Barns

USA 2022 flags on barns fdcs

4 stamps, 4 covers, cancel

pencil and watercolour

Designer: Stephanie Bower

Release date: April 14, 2022


George Morrison 1919-2000

George Morrison FDC cancel colour George Morrison FDC cancel black

George Morrison strip of 5 stamps showing his rt

George Morrison FDC colour George Morrison FDC black George Morrison special release ceremony memento George Morrison notecards George Morrison sheet of stamps

 

5 stamps, 5 FDCs, 2 cancels, ceremony memento, notecards, sheet of 20 , presscut sheets

  • “Sun and River,” 1949, watercolor and crayon on paper.
  • “Phenomena Against the Crimson: Lake Superior Landscape,” 1985, acrylic on canvas.
  • “Lake Superior Landscape,” 1981, acrylic on canvas.
  • “Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape,” 1990, acrylic and pastel on paper.
  • Untitled, 1995, color pencil on paper

George Morrison was an Ojibwa modernist landscape artist. This video features a fascinating lecture on George Morrison, by Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purepecha), Associate Curator of Native American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

One of the nation’s greatest modernist artists and a founding figure of Native American modernism, George Morrison challenged prevailing ideas of what Native American art should be, arguing that an artist’s identity can exist independently from the nature of the art he creates. He is best known for his abstract landscape paintings and monumental wood collages, which draw on childhood memory and reflect a deep and abiding connection with the natural world. USPS News Release March 17, 2022

Artist: George Morrison
Designer: Antonio Alcalá

Release date: April 22, 2022


Sunflower Bouquet

Sunflower bouque colour cancel 1 Sunflower bouquet cancel 2

Sunflower bouquet

Sunflower bouquet colour fdc Sunflower bouquet FDC 1

Sunflower bouquet sheet of stamps USA 2022

1 stamp, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, sheet of 20, notecards also available
offset, microprint

Digital photographer: Harold Davis Harold Davis | Creative vision, quality, and craft in photography and digital art (digitalfieldguide.com)
Designer: Ethel Kessler

Release date: April 24, 2022


Tulips

Tulips USA 2022 stamps FDC cancel 2 Tulips USA 2022 stamps FDC cancel 1

Tulips

Tulips USA 2022 stamps FDC 2 Tulips USA 2022 stamps FDC 1

Tulips USA 2022 stamps sheet of 20

1 stamp, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, sheet of 20, notecards also available
offset, microprint

Digital photographer: Harold Davis
Designer: Ethel Kessler

Release date: April 24, 2022


May

Eugenie Clark

Eugenie Clark USPS 2022 cancel Eugenie Clark USPS 2022 cancel 2

Eugenie Clark

Eugenie Clark USPS 2022 cover Eugenie Clark USPS 2022 cover 2

Eugenie Clark USPS 2022 sheetEugnie Clarke ceremony pack

Eugnie Clarke framed stamp

1 stamp, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, sheet of 20, ceremony memento, framed 11.5 x 8.5 stamp

Eugenie Clark was affectionately known as “the Shark Lady”. She was a pioneer in studying marine life in their natural surroundings. She conducted 72 submersible dives and an untold number of scuba dives during her career. Among her many awards are National Geographical Societies Franklin L. Burr Award, the Explorers Club Medal, and American Society of Oceanographers’ Medal of Excellence. A newly discovered dogfish was named in her honour Squalus clarkae.

Eugenie Clark – Women in Exploration

Artist/designer: Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Earlier in my career, my goal was simply to convey scientific ideas and findings in more compelling ways. My goals were to inform and inspire. Over time, I’ve set my sights higher, challenging people to reexamine their beliefs, truly understand someone else’s perspective, and consider what a better world could look like. I believe art has a responsibility to question preconceived notions and create new possibilities. Bio — Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya—Multidisciplinary Artist (alonglastname.com)

Release date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022


Women’s Rowing

USA 2022 Womens Rowing cancel two USA 2022 Womens Rowing cancel one

Women’s Rowing

USA 2022 Womens Rowing FDC one USA 2022 Womens Rowing FDC 2

USA 2022 Womens Rowing sheet USA 2022 Womens Rowing pack

4 stamps, 8 FDCs, 2 cancels, sheet of 20, Release Day Ceremony Memento

Artist/designer: Nancy Stahl
Previous stamps by Stahl include 2011 Vanishing Species, 2008 Dragonflies, 2007 Christmas Sweater, 2016 Soda Favourites.

Unveiling ceremony will be held at Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club

Release date: May 13, 2022


Mighty Mississippi

USA 2022 Mississippi FDC cancel one USA 2022 Mississippi FDC set two

Mighty Mississippi

USA 2022 Mississippi sheet USA 2022 Mississippi memento

USA 2022 Mississippi FDC set two USA 2022 Mississippi FDC set one

USA 2022 Mississippi Note books

10 stamps, sheet of 10, Release Day Ceremony Memento, FDCs, 2 cancels
USPS also released Field Note books with one of stamp affixed to the cover & canceled with FD cancel.

Mississippi River – American Rivers

Designer: Ethel Kessler

Release date: May 23, 2022


June

Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham

Katharine GrahamKatharine Graham

Katharine Graham

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, 2 cancels, unveiling ceremony souvenir

Artist: Lynn Staley
Designer: Derry Noyes

Release date: June 14, 2022


Floral Geometry

Floral cancel 1 Floral cancel 2 Floral cancel 3 Floral cancel 4

Floral Geometry Floral Geometry

Floral stamps USA 2022 Floral stamps USA 2022

Floral stamps USA 2022 Floral stamps USA 2022

Floral stamps USA 2022 Floral stamps USA 2022

2 stamps, sheet of 10, sheet of 4, 2 FDCs, 4 cancels
water colour and foil

Designer: Spaeth Hill

Release date: June 20, 2022


Red-headed Duck 2022-2023
Hunting permit stamp

USA stamps hunting license

USA stamps hunting license souvenir sheet

USA stamps hunting license FDC USA stamps hunting license FDC 2 USA stamps hunting license silk

1 hunting license stamp, souvenir sheet, 2 FDCS, silk cover, cancel

Not for postal use.

Stamp features James Hautman’s “Redheads”

The FDC has a pencil sketch of Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) by artist Rebekah N. Night.

Release date: June 24, 2022


Green-winged Teal 2022-2023
Jr. duck stamp

Jr duck stamp with Green teal

1 stamp

No for postal use. Not to be used as a hunting stamp

Artist – Madison Grim

Release date: June 24, 2022


July

Nancy Reagan

USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan

USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan sheet

USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan FDC1 USA 2022 stamps Nancy Reagan FDC2

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, 2 cancels

Designer: Greg Breeding

Release date: July 6, 2022


Mariachi

Mariachi

Mariachi USA 5 FDCs with traditional cancel Mariachi USA 5 FDCs with digital colour cancel

Mariachi USA sheet of stamps USA stamps 2022Mariachi USA portfolio

5 stamps, 5 FDCS, 2 cancels, stamp portfolio

Sorry, no images for the cancels. They were so tiny, I couldn’t grab a good capture. Hoping for better shots later.

Growing up I remember nostalgic weekends listening to the uniquely Mexican sound of Mariachi music in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City. Colorful songs that tell stories of celebration, struggles, lost love and joy. Mariachi music is an emblem of Mexican cultural heritage with roots in the United States and followers around the globe. Excited and honored to share the vibrant spirit of Mariachi music with five new Mariachi Forever stamps I created for the United States Postal Service.The 2022 Mariachi stamps will be available soon online and at a post office near you. ¡Viva Mariachi!
Rafael López
Jan. 18, 2022

This website has some interesting information on mariachi music and it’s origins Puro Mariachi – History

Designer: Rafael López Rafael López | Official site of Illustrator, Rafael López. (rafaellopez.com)

Release date: July 15, 2022


Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger poster USA 2022 Pete Seeger folderUSA 2022

Pete Seeger FDC USA 2022 Pete Seeger FDC 2 USA 2022

Pete Seeger poster USA 2022

1 stamp, sheet of 16, 2 FDCs, 2 cancels, 12″ x 24″ poster

There isn’t enough room here to cover Seeger’s storied career. PBS produced a superb show on him and it’s worth the watch.

Designer: Antonio Alcalá
Photographer: Daniel Seeger

Release date: July 21, 2022


August

National Marine Sanctuaries

National Marine Sanctuaries

Marine sanctuaries portfoliojpg

Marine sanctuaries FDCs Marine sanctuaries FDCs colours

16 stamps on a sheet, portfolio, 16 FDCs, 2 cancels

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

The back of this sheet displays a map of the National Marine Sanctuaries, by illustrator Todd M. Detwiler

Designer: Greg Breeding

Release date: August 5, 2022


Pony Cars

Pony cars 1 Pony cars 2

pony cars fdc colour pony cars fdc black

pony cars field notes pony cars portfolio pony cars stamped pin camero

5 stamps, 5 FDCs, 2 cancels, portfolio, FD issue pin
USPS also released 5 Field Note books with one of stamp affixed to the cover & canceled with FD cancel

  • 969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
  • 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT
  • 1969 AMC Javelin SST

Artist: Tom Fritz
Fritz provided artwork for the 2013 Fritz’s Muscle Cars set.
Designer: Zack Bryant

Release date: August 2022


Elephants

Elephants

Elephants strips of stamps

elephants Fdc Elephants fdc blck cancel

elephants pins

1 stamp, booklets, FDC, cancel, FD pin

Artist: Rafael López Rafael López | Official site of Illustrator, Rafael López. (rafaellopez.com)
Designer: Derry Noyes

Release date: August 2022


September

James Webb Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

1 stamp (more images coming)

A dedication ceremony will be held:

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. ET
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002-4945

Designer: Derry Noyes
Artwork: James Vaughan and an image provided by NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute

Release date: September 8, 2022


TBA

Butterfly Garden Flowers

USPS butterfly garden 2 stamps 2022

2 stamps

Planting a Butterfly Garden: The Ultimate Guide – Gardening Channel

Stuhmiller used a combination of traditional and digital tools to create the art. After hand-carving the images into linoleum blocks, she inked the blocks and pressed them onto paper. The artist then scanned the images into the computer and added color digitally. As in most traditional block printing, the color palette is limited.
Postal Service Issues Nonprofit Butterfly Garden Flower Stamps – Newsroom – About.usps.com

Designer: Antonio Alcalá
Artist: Rigel Stuhmiller Rigel Stuhmiller (@rigel.stuhmiller) • Instagram photos and videos
Stuhmiller is a printmaker and illustrator who specialises in botanical art.

Release date:


Women Cryptologists of World War II

Women Cryptologists of World War II

To learn more about women cryptologists these resources are accessible.

Sharing the Burden: Women in Cryptology during World War II – a 25 pg pdf that is approachable and fascinating.
WWII Women Cracking the Code | National Air and Space Museum (si.edu) The Smithsonian’s brief overview.
Code Girls by Liza Mundy, published New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2018

Designer: Antonio Alcalá

Release date:


The above is not a full list of the 2022 stamp program. More will be released by the USPS as the year progresses. In the meantime, check out Peeking at USPS stamps 2021 to see all of last year’s stamps.

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