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For more than a decade, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a collectible book to commemorate the subjects and stories behind the year’s stamp issuances. For the first time in 2012, we’ve also created this companion website to go deeper into the people, places, design, and creation of a handful of stamps. Here, you’ll experience web exclusives like artist sketches, videos, and images from release parties. If you don’t own it already, the entire 2012 stamp program and yearbook are available for purchase. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate American culture through the tiny canvases of stamps.

Louisiana Statehood

Louisiana Statehood

The music of the bayou: zydeco.

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New Mexico Statehood

New Mexico Statehood

Drawing artists to the desert.

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O. Henry

O. Henry

Nobody wrote surprise endings like O. Henry.

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Bonsai

Bonsai

Art director and artist reunite to celebrate the beauty of bonsai.

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Arizona Statehood

Arizona Statehood

Home to 21 Native American tribes.

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The War of 1812: USS <i>Constitution</i>

The War of 1812: USS Constitution

Remembering “the forgotten conflict.”

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The Civil War: 1862

The Civil War: 1862

Capturing the realities of war.

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Heart Health

Heart Health

Keeping the heart healthy.

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José Ferrer

José Ferrer

What Ferrer wants to be remembered for.

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Earthscapes

Earthscapes

See our home from above.

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Bicycling

Bicycling

From training wheels to airborne.

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Innovative Choreographers

Innovative Choreographers

Commanding the spotlight.

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Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Turning childhood memories into stamps.

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Love Ribbons

Love Ribbons

The inspiration behind the stamp.

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge

From massive structure to stamp size.

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