February 10, 2024 -Lunar New Year: Dragon
In 2024, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the fifth of 12 stamps in its latest Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dragon begins February 10, 2024, and ends on January 28, 2025. Calling to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon or lion dances often performed in Lunar New Year parades, this three-dimensional mask depicting a dragon is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk-art crafts created during this time of year. Simplified illustrations of the 12 zodiac animals form columns on the left and right sides of the stamp pane.
Designer: Camille Chew
Art director: Antonio Alcalá
Price: 6.00 Gem
Quantity: 6 888 ex
Lunar New Year: Dragon
Utilizing gold and red as the predominant colors to represent prosperity and good fortune, this stamp art features a vibrant, three-dimensional mask depicting a dragon from the Chinese zodiac. Created out of paper, then cut, scored, and folded into shape, the mask is a modern take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk-art crafts created during this time of year. In 2024, the Lunar New Year will mark the beginning of the Year of the Wood Dragon. Wood Dragons are said to be quieter and more introverted, but they are also successful, strong leaders who dedicate themselves fully to their work.
Quantity: 688 ex
Pane of 20
These three-dimensional masks depicting a dragon, inspired by the long tradition of paper-cut folk-art crafts, are embellished with acrylic paint and other paper elements, like flowers and tassels, to present a contemporary look. The dragon is the fifth of the 12 zodiac animal signs associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. People born in the Year of the Dragon, the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac, are said to be successful, wise, and powerful.
February 14, 2024 – Love
The U.S. Postal Service reintroduces the joys of affection and devotion through its collection of historic stamp art from the renowned Love series. Featuring vibrant designs from the 1980s and 1990s, these Love stamps showcase the popularity of this series since its first issuance in 1973. Though the stamps are released early in the year, they are not just for Valentine’s Day and can be used to deliver love during any season. As a special way to express your adoration, friendship, gratitude, or endearment, this stamp art displays heartfelt illustrations for a loved one or friend.
Price: 6.00 Gem
Quantity: 1 424 ex
Love: Cherub from Sistine Madonna, by Raphael (1996)
Originally issued on February 1, 1995, in Valentines, Virginia, this stamp art features one of two cherubs from Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” painting. The theme of this stamp art focuses on the innocence and joy of love, captured by a whimsical cherub right below the word “LOVE.”
Quantity: 1 424 ex
Love: Multicolored Hearts (1984)
In 1984, for the third time, the U.S. Postal Service issued a special stamp honoring love. Credited for designing the 1984 Love stamp, Bradbury Thompson’s design featured a repetition of the word “LOVE” using a heart in place of the letter V, each with a different color.
Quantity: 1 124 ex
Love: Puppy (1986)
As the fifth stamp in the Postal Service’s Love series, this stamp art was originally issued on January 30, 1986, in New York City. The design captured the language of love in this vertically oriented stamp art with the depiction of a cuddly-looking puppy.
Quantity: 724 ex
Love: Brushstrokes (1985)
The 1985 Love stamp art includes an ink and watercolor collage of different colors to capture the elements of affection. The stamp’s contemporary design incorporates vibrant shades of six colors: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and purple, with the word “Love” written in bold, purple letters. Created by Corita Kent, the splash of color design was very popular with the public when the stamp was originally issued.