What a great year this will be for new U.S. stamps!
The U.S. Postal Service has listed its 2011 program which promises to be one of the most exciting and entertaining I have seen in a long time.
I mention some of the most famous names and events now and will provide others as they become available.
There will be a commemorative on former President Ronald Reagen, legendary author Mark Twain, award-winning movie stars Gregory Peck and Helen Hayes and former U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, the Texas Democrat who is the featured heroine in the 2011 Black Heritage Stamp Program.
In addition there will be stamps observing the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the 50th anniversary of America's first manned space flight and another series of Walt Disney characters.
The first stamp of the year will be the annual Lunar New Year, which this year is the Year of the rabbit. Honoring the Chinese Lunar calendar, this series began in 1992.
And there's more. We will see new designs for the Purple Heart stamp, the wedding and holiday stamps.
The new Lunar Year stamp will be a forever stamp. In mailing etters, regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used this year and no matter if the prices go up, these stamps will always be equal to first-class mail.
For more information about the 2011 lineup, call the Postal Service at 1-800-STAMPS-24.