Cover Story

Showcasing America’s Calling Cards

The world of philately encompasses a variety of products that help us appreciate the stamp subjects they feature. The four products showcased on this issue’s cover are samples of ways to collect, research, display, and enjoy U.S. stamps, America’s calling cards.

2014 Stamp Yearbook (Item 991400)

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Legendary musicians, historic milestones, eminent sports figures… the 2014 stamp program reflects those moments and people that define American life. Relive the year in stamps — and celebrate our nation’s culture — with The 2014 Stamp Yearbook. The 72-page hardcover book is filled with beautiful imagery, fascinating stories, and placeholders throughout the pages for mounting and preserving the stamps.

Exclusive for 2014: The Circus Souvenir Sheet, available in mint form only through the yearbook. The sheet features a $1 stamp showing an alternate version of the iconic clown poster featured on the 2014 Vintage Circus Posters pane and two 50¢ Circus Wagon 1900s stamps. The book is available in two versions: one that includes the commemorative stamp packet, and one that includes the commemorative, mail use, and high value stamp packets.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 41st Edition (Item 891400)

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In an easy-to-use, oversize format, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps is just the delivery you’ve been waiting for! The only fully illustrated, four-color guide to U.S. stamps, this official publication provides the most comprehensive information available about the U.S. stamp program. Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, the Guide covers more than 5,500 stamps issued up to the present.

Love: Forever Hearts Stamp Framed Art
(Item 588524)

Love: Forever Hearts Stamp Framed Art

Celebrate lasting love with this new 11 × 14 framed art. The piece features a creative take on the heart shape, formed by lacy lettering that spells out the word “Forever.” Beneath the heart illustration are two Forever Hearts Forever® stamps and the First-Day-of-Issue details framed by elegant swirls. Showcased in a rich, mahogany frame, the piece also includes a dust cover and sawtooth hanger on the back for easy display.

The War of 1812 Collector’s Set (Item 589127)

The War of 1812 Collector's Set

Remember “the forgotten conflict” with this new The War of 1812 Limited Edition Collector’s Set. The development of the U.S. Navy, the burning of the White House, the penning of a national anthem — through these critical events, the War of 1812 left indelible marks on American history and formed a young nation’s spirit of self-determination. Revisit some of the war’s most significant moments and showcase The War of 1812 stamps with this collection that includes: four panes of 20 The War of 1812 stamps: USS Constitution (2012), Battle of Lake Erie (2013), Fort McHenry (2014), Battle of New Orleans (2015); a cancellation card featuring an exclusive Digital Color Postmark and four affixed stamps — one from each issuance; a certificate numbering each limited-edition product and signed by U.S. Postal Service® art director Greg Breeding; and a 16-page book with pages for mounting the stamp panes, short stories from the war, important dates and facts, and a narrative about the stamp design.

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