Coolest 10 U.S. Postage Stamp Designs Ever

July 28, 2012

On July 1, 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps became valid for us.  Two stamps were issued, one featuring Benjamin Franklin and the other George Washington.  Since then, thousands of designs have graced U.S. postage stamps.  My top 10 U.S. postage stamp designs ever are listed here.

1.  Columbus In Sight of Land, 1892

Even if Christopher Columbus wasn’t the first to set foot on the “New World,” he paved the path for masses of Europeans largely responsible for planting the roots of America today.

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2.  Apollo 8, 1969

This stamp commemorated the first manned lunar orbit, which took place in December 1968.

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3.  Columbia Space Shuttle, 1981

After the first successful space shuttle flight, a series of stamps commemorating “Achievement In Space” was issued at Kennedy Space Center.

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4.  Elvis Presley, 1992

Part of a series on famous American musicians, the Elvis collection sparked the debate over whether the public liked the “fat Elvis” stamp or the “skinny Elvis” stamp.

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5.  Black Widow, 1999

Party of the Post Office’s “Insects and Spiders” Issue, this black widow spider design might have been a little too convincing at first glance!

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6.  Monitor and Virginia, 1995

The Battle of the Ironclads was the most important naval battle of the Civil War; the two ships were built so robustly that neither could inflict significant damage on the other.

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7.  Animal, 2005

Part of a collection of stamps commemorating Jim Henson and his Muppets.

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8.  Superman, 2006

The DC Comics Superheroes Issue is awesome, but the Superman stamp has to be the best (sorry, Batman).

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9.  American Alligator, 2006

This stamp proclaiming the largest reptile was part of a series titled “Wonders of America:  Land of Superlatives.”  The entire is issue is pretty cool.

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10.  Marilyn Monroe, 1995

Now, that’s American!

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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