USA 'Forever' stamp 2019 schedule revealed


22 November 2018
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The US Postal Service has revealed several of the new Forever stamps and other stamps to be issued in 2019, with stamps to honour figures including Walt Whitman, Marvin Gaye and Gregory Hines

A large part of the USA's stamp schedule has been released, with a range of subjects to be celebrated over the coming twelve months.

Subjects include the Woodstock music festival, which took place in Bethel, New York, in August 1969; the soul singer Marvin Gaye who was born in 1939; and poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Gregory Hines, whose 'unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form' is honoured as part of the Black Heritage series.

Despite calls for a stamp to honour the late Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul' does not appear on the provisional list.

US Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner said:

'The miniature works of art illustrated in the 2019 stamp program offer something for everyone’s interest about American history and culture. From legendary poet Walt Whitman to the entertainment genius of Gregory Hines to the majestic beauty of our Wild and Scenic Rivers, this program is diverse and wide ranging and tells America’s story on stamps.'

The stamps revealed so far are as follows:

Hearts Blossom
The latest stamp in the Love series from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp art features the word “Love” in cursive script below 12 colorful hearts meant to visually express love’s joyful, bountiful nature.

Year of the Boar
The twelfth and final stamp in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. 

Gregory Hines
The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines (1946–2003), whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form.

Cactus Flowers 
This issuance celebrates the beauty of cactus flowers with a booklet of 20 stamps. 

Alabama Statehood
This stamp celebrates the bicentennial of Alabama statehood. 

Marvin Gaye
With this new stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service honors Marvin Gaye (1939–1984) — the “Prince of Soul” — one of the most influential music performers of his generation. 

USS Missouri
The Postal Service celebrates USS Missouri (BB-63), America’s last battleship, with the issuance of a commemorative stamp in 2019, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Missouri’s commissioning on June 11, 1944. 

Post Office Murals
This pane of 10 stamps features five different murals designed to add a touch of beauty to Post Office walls and help boost the morale of Americans during the era of the Great Depression. 

US Flag
With this new 2019 stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the American flag.

Wild and Scenic Rivers
This issuance celebrates Wild and Scenic Rivers — exceptional American streams that run freely through natural landscapes without man-made alterations. 

Walt Whitman
With this stamp, the 32nd in the Literary Arts series, the Postal Service honors poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) on the bicentennial of his birth. 

Frogs
Four new stamps in a booklet of 20, featuring digital illustrations of four North American frogs: the Pacific tree frog, the northern leopard frog, the American green tree frog and the squirrel tree frog. 

State and County Fairs
Four whimsical se-tenant stamps celebrate the fun of America's state and county fairs.

Woodstock
This stamp issuance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, the most famous rock festival in history.

Winter Berries
Booklet of 20 stamps celebrating four of winter’s small yet vibrant offerings: the winterberry (Ilex verticillata), the juniper berry (Juniperus communis), the beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and the soapberry (Sapindus saponaria).

Joshua Tree
Celebrating the desolate beauty of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and its distinct desert environment, this Priority Mail stamp depicts a common scene throughout much of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. 

Bethesda Fountain
With this Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park's most iconic structures. 

Coral Reefs
Four new postcard stamps celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs.

California Dogface
The California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements.

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