Look who will be starring in the big U.S. stamp parade in 2005! It's Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and their lovable muppet pals -- just as you have seen them and laughed with them on TV screens and films. There will be 11 stamps in the set showing the other muppets, coming your way in March.
But the 2005 schedule by the U.S. Postal Service will be more than portrayals of humorous characters. As in the past, there are serious and important commemoratives honoring poignant people, places and events significant to all America.
The program will begin in early January with the issuance of the Lunar New Year stamp sheet which celebrates all 12 animals associated with the Chinese New Year -- not just the single animals as released in previous years.
This will be followed in February by a stamp hailing the achievements of singer Marian Anderson. When the Daughters of the American Revolution declined to allow her to perform at their Constitution Hall in 1939, she then gave an outdoor performance to 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The stamp is in the Black Heritage series.
March, as already noted, will feature the Muppet gang led by Kermit and Miss Piggy.
One of the 11 stamps will depict Jim Henson, the recognized father of them all. Also in March, the Postal Service will release the newest stamp in the "Love" series. It will display a beautiful "Love Bouquet."
Rather than provide a month-by-month listing of the stamp schedule, we will hit the upcoming highlights to show the variety of subjects in store for stamp enthusiasts.
New stamps will include a tribute to the film star Henry Fonda on what would have been his 100th birthday, in the "Legends of Hollywood" series.
Distinguished Marines, a four-stamp set, commemorates the valiant who died in battle -- John Basilone who died on Iwo Jima; Daniel J. Daly, who was killed in World War I; John A. Lejeune, in World War I; and Lewis B. Puller, commander in World War II and Korea.
Flying high in the sky on the 2005 program will be a special set depicting 10 airplanes from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as part of the "American Advances in Aviation."
The USPS joins Sweden Post in honoring the legendary film actress Greta Garbo.
Although it's more than a year away for us to see the 2005 Holiday stamps, you may check your appetites at the door to see a special set of four "Holiday Cookies" stamps.
Of course, there's many more stamps on the 2005 agenda and we will be glad to tell you all about each issue as they become available.