Limited Edition Stamps

Stamps are the story of us, and what a powerful story they each tell. America's greatest people, places and moments are memorialized here, honored in the art and story of limited edition stamps.
Here, heritage is the hero.

  • The Rosa Parks Forever Stamp

    The U.S. Postal Service honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of extraordinary American activist Rosa Parks. Born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913, and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, Parks was an iconic and important figure in the civil rights movement.

    First day of issue:
    February 4, 2013 Dearborn and Detroit, MI

    Rosa Parks’s name and image used under license with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

  • One Action. Powerful Results.

    On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man. Her arrest sparked a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted longer than a year, posing an ultimately successful challenge to racial segregation and inspiring others to similar action.

    Rosa Parks’s name and image used under license with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

  • A Vision for Lasting Change

    Stamp artist Thomas Blackshear II, who created his portrait in gouache on illustration board, worked with art director Derry Noyes to emphasize Parks’s quiet determination and her pleasant persona.

    Rosa Parks’s name and image used under license with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

Collectors Corner

Stamp collecting can be a lifetime hobby. It's fun and educational for all ages and it's easy to start without a big investment. The study of stamps and postal materials is called philately and collectors are sometimes called philatelists.

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