Postage Stamps

Postage stamps are miniature works of art designed to reflect the American experience and highlight heroes, history, milestones, achievements and natural wonders.

  • The Postal Service printed 19 billion U.S. postage stamps in 2016.
  • Forever stamps can be purchased at the current First-Class Mail postage price — they remain valid for full postage no matter how prices change.
  • Postal History was made in 2015 with the first non-denominational stamps issued at rates other than the First-Class Forever rate. Like Forever stamps, they will always be valid.
  • In 2016, Guinness World Records presented the Postal Service with a record holder certificate: “The farthest distanced travelled by a postage stamp is 5,250,843,896 km (3, 262,723,132 ml).” A postage stamp was inside the New Horizons Spacecraft which was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on January 19, 2006 and arrived on Pluto on July 14, 2015.
  • In May 2016, the first Postal Service Stamp app was introduced — the only official U.S. stamp collecting app — which includes a reference library along with user-generated content for philatelists to upload and manage stamp their collections.
  • In May 2016, for the first time, the 42nd edition of the Guide to U.S. Stamps was offered in a digital format.