On December 19, the United States Postal Service announced new Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express stamps and new stamps for additional ounce, non-machineable surcharge and 2- and 3-ounce mailings. The stamps go on sale nationwide Jan. 27 with no first-day ceremonies. More information was available in the December 20, 2018 USPS Postal Bulletin.
Here are the new stamps and details of their designs and rates. See the full program of USPS 2019 stamps.
$7.35 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. Using the bold colors of the sun’s reflection off of the trees, rocks and other shrubby vegetation, artist Dan Cosgrove illuminates the desert scene in warm, golden hues. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.
The new $7.35 denomination of this stamp pays the cost of sending a domestic Priority Mail Retail Flat Rate 12.5-inch by 9.5-inch envelope. It will replace the $6.70 Byodo-In Temple stamp and flat-rate stamped envelope issued January 21, 2018, reflecting an increase of 65¢.
$25.50 Bethesda Fountain
With this new Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park's most iconic structures.
Dedicated in 1873, the fountain is a gathering place beloved by New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors alike. The stamp art features a stylized depiction of the fountain. The illustration was first rendered as a pencil sketch and then scanned and finished digitally. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.
The new $25.50 denomination pays the new rate on a Priority Mail Express regular flat-rate 12.5-inch by 9.5-inch envelope. It will replace the $24.70 Sleeping Bear Dune stamp issued January 21, 2018, reflecting an increase of 65¢.
(70¢) California Dogface Butterfly non-machineable surcharge
The California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp issued since 2010 for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements.
The stamp art was digitally created using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface (Zerene eurydice) rather than an exact reproduction. Nationally known artist Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
The stamp is primarily designed to be used on 1-ounce greeting cards that are irregular in shape requiring the nonmachinable surcharge. The stamp is also good for mailing first-class letters and cards weighing up to 2 ounces.
Used after the January 27 rate increases, this stamp will pay the first-class non-machineable letter rate of 70¢ (55¢ for first-class mail plus the actual 15¢ surcharge) — a 2¢ increase in the 68¢ cost of the non-denominated Eastern Tailed-Blue non-machineable mail surcharge butterfly stamp released in 2016.
Forever (55¢) U.S. Flag 2019
With this new 2019 stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the American flag – the most recognizable symbol of our nation – on the 150th anniversary of the first U.S. stamps to depict Old Glory, the 10¢ yellow and 30¢ Eagle, Shield and Flags Pictorial issues of 1869.
The photographic image on the new Forever stamp features one of several U.S. flags on the flagpoles near the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, proudly waving in a May breeze. The photograph was taken by UPSP art director Antonio Alcalá.
Like all other U.S. Forever stamps, the new stamp will pay the current basic first-class domestic letter rate, which will become 55¢ on the day these stamps are issued, a 5¢ hike in the price of the same service last year.
“ADDITIONAL OUNCE” (15¢) Uncle Sam’s Hat coil roll of 100
Originally released by the Postal Service in 2017, Uncle Sam’s Hat, an additional-ounce stamp, will be available in 2019 for the first time in a horizontal coil stamp format. The value of the new stamps will be 15¢ for every additional ounce in a first-class mailing, a reduction of 6¢ from last year’s cost per additional ounce of 21¢.
According to the USPS, “The stamp features eight graphic top hats in Uncle Sam’s signature style, with red and white vertical stripes above a blue band with a white star and a gray brim. Beneath each hat is an oval shape representing a face, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States.” The stamps were designed by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá.
Customers may purchase other stamps and philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at post offices nationwide.