With the United States Postal Service (USPS) in turmoil due to budget cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the easiest and most practical ways you can help is to stock up on stamps. Stamps, of course, are a necessity when it comes to sending letters, postcards, and other general snail mail. But beyond their fundamental purpose, stamps have also historically featured remarkable art, from intricate illustrations to stunning photographs.
In fact, there are actually many stamps that celebrate travel, outdoor activities, and the beauty that can be found throughout the U.S. And with the pandemic preventing significant leisure travel, there's no better time to exchange letters and postcards with friends and family near and far. Keep reading for some of our favorite travel- and destination-inspired stamps, and while you're at it, order yourself some new stationery to use with your new favorite postage.
This collection of stamps celebrates the great outdoors, featuring activities like hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, building sandcastles, and more. Whether you've been spending your summer in local green spaces or National Parks, these stamps are the perfect fit for all your postcards. These stamps were designed by Derry Noyes with original art by illustrator Gregory Manchess.
This sheet of stamps features scenes from 10 gardens across the U.S., including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, the Biltmore Estate Gardens in North Carolina, and the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California. These stunning photos will make you appreciate the flora and fauna in your home state and favorite destinations all over the country. These stamps were designed by Ethel Kessler with photographs from Allen Rokach, taken from 1996 to 2014.
To buy: store.usps.com, $31 for sheet of four Priority Mail stamps
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