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What’s new, 2022?

The Postal Service has announced some of the stamps the organization plans to release in 2022:

• Year of the Tiger, the third entry in the 12-stamp Lunar New Year series, featuring a three-dimensional mask depicting a tiger;

• Blueberries, a 4-cent stamp featuring a cluster of blueberries;

• U.S. Flags, a stamp with an image of three flags in a circular formation, reminiscent of the 50 flags that surround the Washington Monument;

Love 2022, the latest Love stamp release, featuring two designs of folk art-inspired flowers;

Edmonia Lewis, a Black Heritage stamp honoring the esteemed 19th-century sculptor;

Butterfly Garden Flowers, two nondenominated stamps featuring blooms that butterflies love: cosmos and scabiosas;

Mountain Flora, four stamps featuring images of colorful alpine flowers: purple pasqueflower, wood lily, yellow alpine buttercup and Woods’ rose;

Eugenie Clark, a stamp honoring the marine biologist who sought to change public perception of sharks;

Title IX, a stamp celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal funds;

Sunflower Bouquet, a 2-ounce stamp featuring a spray of sunflowers, irises and smaller posies in an elegant arrangement;

Tulips, a stamp showcasing an assortment of the bulb flowers in an artful display;

Women’s Rowing, a pane of 20 stamps honoring women’s achievements in the demanding water sport;

Pete Seeger, a Music Icons stamp honoring the banjo-playing folk singer known for his activism;

George Morrison, a pane of 20 stamps honoring a founding figure of Native American modernist art by showcasing five images of his artworks;

National Marine Sanctuaries, a 16-stamp pane celebrating 50 years of the National Marine Sanctuary System;

Elephants, a stamp showing a playful, affectionate illustration of a baby elephant and its mother beneath a bright orange sun;

Mighty Mississippi, 10 photographic stamps of sites along the Mississippi River;

Katharine Graham, the 17th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series, a 2-ounce denomination honoring the former publisher of The Washington Post; and

Pony Cars, five stamps featuring pony cars of the late 1960s and early ’70s.

 “The new 2022 stamps are miniature works of art, designed to be educational and appeal to collectors and pen pals around the world,” said William Gicker, USPS Stamp Services director. “As always, the program offers a variety of subjects celebrating American culture and history. The vivid colors and unique designs of this year’s selections will add a special touch of beauty on your envelopes.”

The Postal Service announced the stamps on Nov. 1. The designs are preliminary and subject to change.

All of the releases will be Forever stamps, unless otherwise noted.

Additional 2022 stamps will be announced later.

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Taking requests

The Postal Service began accepting letters to its annual USPS Operation Santa program on Nov. 1.

The 109-year-old program allows generous people and organizations to “adopt” letters to Santa Claus and fulfill holiday wish lists from children and others who are less fortunate.

Letters should be addressed to Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.

Letters must have a First-Class Mail stamp and be postmarked by Dec. 10.

The Postal Service will upload letters to USPSOperationSanta.com through Dec. 22.

Employees, customers and others who wish to adopt letters can register at USPSOperationSanta.com and have their identities verified beginning Nov. 15. Letters can be adopted from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.

The Postal Service’s Holiday Newsroom website has additional information about the program, including FAQs and infographics that show how to write a letter, how to adopt a letter and how to ship USPS Operation Santa packages.

Celebrating diversity

The USPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team is hosting web content celebrating diversity here and around the world in honor of Global Diversity Awareness Month.

The temporary content, which can be accessed via the Diversity team’s Blue and LiteBlue pages, launched Oct. 28 and will be available for viewing through Nov. 30.

Visitors can take virtual journeys through museums, cultural institutions and embassies of various countries.

Employees can go to the Blue and LiteBlue pages after their scheduled working hours or during authorized breaks.

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which honors the cultures, histories, traditions and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Postal Service has approximately 4,000 employees who identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native. The American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States is approximately 7.1 million, according to U.S. Census data.

The Postal Service has issued several stamps that honor American Indians, including Indian Hunting Buffalo (1898), the first stamp to portray a uniquely Native American theme; four American Folk Art stamps (1977); five American Indian Dances stamps (1996); 10 Art of the American Indian stamps (2004); and Kiowas Moving Camp, one of the 2019 Post Office Murals stamps.