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2013 Stamp Program

In honor of the limited-edition Ray Charles Forever® stamp, Concord Records is releasing a new CD compilation that includes the previously unreleased track "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and an exclusive bonus track, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Pick up your copy today at ow.ly/p43Lg. #RayCharles #MusicIcons

Johnny Cash is looking good on a stamp pane.

Such a wonderful stamp with a powerful message, and it looks great on envelopes!

Guaranteed to brighten your letters and bring a smile to your face, the Vintage Seed Packets stamps feature illustrations from actual early 20th-century seed packets.

Later this year USPS will issue Made in America: Building a Nation, a sheet of 12 stamps honoring the men and women who helped build our country. Five different stamp sheets will be available. All of them will contain the same stamps, but each will be anchored by a different larger image. Two of the sheets will feature photographs of Empire State Building iron workers. The others will show images of a General Electric worker measuring the bearings in a casting, a coal miner, and a female welder.

The third stamp in the new Music Icons series will celebrate the life and music of Ray Charles. Blind from childhood, the extraordinary musician went beyond category, blending blues, gospel, country, jazz, and soul into a uniquely influential style. His hits include “I’ve Got a Woman,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” (All rights to the name and likeness of Ray Charles are owned by The Ray Charles Foundation. Photo © MEPHISTO)

Let the red, white, and blue fly with a new stamped envelope for 2013. Tuck a few in your briefcase or purse, and you’ll never be without a quick way to mail a letter! The new envelope, which will be released later this year, features a photograph of a carved American eagle wall plaque.

Later this year, celebrate the history—and mystery—of New England’s coastal lighthouses with five new stamps featuring detailed illustrations of the Boston Harbor, Portland Head, New London Harbor, Point Judith, and Portsmouth Harbor lights. So gorgeous!

This year we are proud to continue our commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a stamp on the Battle of Lake Erie. This critical battle produced an American naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry, and gave us the famous line, "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

The 36th stamp in the Black Heritage series will honor pioneering tennis player Althea Gibson. The first African American to win one of the four major singles tournaments, Gibson also helped integrate the sport of tennis at the height of the civil rights movement.

The year 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida, and we'll be celebrating the occasion with these four elegant floral stamps.

Kids will love the set of 2013 stamps we're revealing today. Who wouldn't be excited about stamps showing kids doing headstands, playing soccer and basketball, doing a cannonball into a pool, and other fun activities?! These 15 stamps, called Just Move!, encourage young Americans and the adults in their lives to be physically active. A release date for the Just Move! stamps has not yet been set.

We are very excited to reveal the second stamp in the new Music Icons series. This one honors Johnny Cash. Known to many simply as "the Man in Black," Johnny Cash influenced not only country music but also folk, gospel, rock, and other genres. His many hits include “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Do you have a favorite? (Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.)

Here's your first look at A Flag for All Seasons, a set of four Forever® stamps that show Old Glory waving proudly throughout the year against a backdrop of trees.

Our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861–1865) will continue later this year with the release of the Civil War: 1863 souvenir sheet. The sheet features two stamp designs: the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Vicksburg. Both designs will be issued as Forever® stamps.

It's back! Perhaps the most famous error in the history of U.S. stamps - the Inverted Jenny - will be featured on a souvenir sheet to be released later this year. Reprinted with a $2 denomination to make them easy to distinguish from the 24-cent originals, the Inverted Jenny stamps will commemorate the many ways a single stamp can turn a moment in history upside down. (Stamp design shown reflects preliminary artwork and may be subject to change.)

Here's the fifth and final of the 2013 Muscle Cars stamps, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, a take on the Ford Mustang that reflected manufacturer Carroll Shelby's roots as a racecar driver. ("Shelby®” and "GT-500®” are registered trademarks of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. used under license. MUSTANG is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.)

The Pontiac GTO ushered in the era of the American muscle car in the 1960s, just as baby boomers began to come of age. The 1966 model (the "Goat") featured curvy Coke-bottle styling and could really move, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. In 2013, the GTO will roar in again as one of five Muscle Cars stamps. (General Motors Chevelle and Pontiac Trademarks used under license to the USPS.)

"Our angriest, slipperiest-looking body shell wrapped around ol' King Kong hisself." That's how one ad described the bold and powerful 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda. This performance-oriented alter-ego of the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is the third of five vehicles featured on the soon-to-be-released Muscle Cars stamps. (Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda are trademarks of Chrysler Group LLC.)

The second of the Muscle Cars Forever® stamps is the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which was designed to dominate on the racetrack. Only 503 of this outrageously styled car were produced. (Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda are trademarks of Chrysler Group LLC.)

The first of five Muscle Cars Forever® stamps features the lightning quick 1970 Chevelle SS. The Muscle Cars stamps will be released in February. (General Motors Chevelle and Pontiac Trademarks used under license to the USPS.)

The wild and wonderful state of West Virginia turns 150 years old in 2013, and we're celebrating with the new West Virginia Statehood stamp! The stamp will be released later this year. You can read more about it and the other 2013 stamps revealed so far at www.beyondtheperf....

Majestic Grand Central Terminal in New York City officially opened on February 2, 1913, and next year USPS will celebrate the anniversary with this new Express Mail stamp. A release date has not yet been set, but you can learn more about the stamp, and all the 2013 stamps previewed so far, at beyondtheperf.com....

The design of the 2013 Patriotic Star stamp is a wonderful twist on a traditional theme. How do you like it? To accommodate business use, the stamp is being issued in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 stamps. You can read more about this and other 2013 stamps at beyondtheperf.com....

Isn't this golden image of a graceful deer just fantastic (and perfect for the early winter season)?! We'll be issuing it next year as a Forever® stamped card. A release date has not yet been set, but you can read more about the card, and the other 2013 items already revealed, at beyondtheperf.com....