From a former U.S. president to legends of Latin music to the
100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500-mile auto race to the garden of
love, the 2011 commemorative stamp program has something for everyone.
The U.S. Postal Service today officially unveiled the images of its
commemorative stamp program. Among this year’s honorees are former President
Ronald Reagan, legendary author Mark Twain, award-winning actor and actress
Gregory Peck and Helen Hayes, and Latin music giants Selena, Carlos Gardel,
Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.
In addition, former U.S. Congresswoman from Texas Barbara Jordan is the 2011
Black Heritage stamp honoree. Stamps will be issued to observe the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War, the 50th anniversary of America’s first manned
spaceflight and a celebration of Disney Pixar movie characters: Lightning
McQueen and Mater from Cars; Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille;
Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story; Carl
Fredricksen and Dug from Up; and the robot WALL*E from Wall*E on Send a
The Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit stamp, to be issued Jan. 22, will be
a Forever Stamp for use in mailing a 1-ounce letter. Regardless of when the
stamps are purchased or used in the new year, no matter how prices may
change in the future, these stamps will always be equal to the current
First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
Since the first Forever Stamp, featuring the Liberty Bell, was issued in
April 2007, 28 billion Forever Stamps have been sold, resulting in $12.1
billion in total revenue. Now that the Postal Service offers coils, booklets
and Holiday Forever Stamps, almost 85 percent of its stamp program is
In addition, new designs will be issued for Purple Heart, Wedding and
Holidays stamps in 2011. Stamps may be purchased at local Post Offices, at
The Postal Store website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and
relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
For more information and low-resolution images of the stamps in the 2011
series, visit the USPS Newsroom at www.usps.com/news.