May Day!

Welcome to May everyone. What a fun month we have in store!

Beginning May 6, we’ll be celebrating National Postcard Week, which was established in 1984 but has roots that stretch back just over a century. Make your own postcards and send them to other collectors, take part in a postcard swap (any recommendations?), or simply send a kind line or two to friends or family. Write “National Postcard Week” on your card, and let everyone in on the fun!

Later this month, we’ll issue the Great Film Directors stamps, which honor four filmmakers who captured the many varieties of the American experience. These extraordinary directors—Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder—created some of the most iconic scenes in American cinema. They gave audiences an unforgettable (and in some cases, deeply personal) vision of life. The stamps will be issued at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 23. Will you be joining us at the ceremony?

May is also Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and to celebrate, we’ll be looking at some of our favorite stamp subjects over the next four weeks.

And, of course, there may be some surprises along the way, a contest here, an announcement there. All in the name of stamp-love. Have a topic you’d like to see covered this month? Let us know in the comments!

The John Wayne name and likeness licensed by John Wayne Enterprises, LLC. Newport Beach, CA. All rights reserved.

Humphrey Bogart ® Bogart LLC. Licensed by Licensing Artists, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The use of the name and likeness of John Huston by permission of the Huston Family.

Some Like It Hot © 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT” © 1934, renewed 1962 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

THE SEARCHERS © C V Whitney Pictures, Inc. Licensed By: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE MALTESE FALCON © Turner Entertainment Co. A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. All Rights Reserved.

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About USPS Stamps

The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.