The United States Postal Service will increase postage rates starting January 22. Most noticeably the 1-ounce first-class letter rate will increase 2 cents to 49 cents. The international letter, additional ounce, and postcard rates will remain the same. For other rate increase details visit the USPS website.
The flat rate envelope for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express will increase to $6.65 and $23.75, respectively. Two new stamps for that rate will be issued in panes of four. Both of those stamps, will be issued Sunday, January 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. No ceremony is planned for either of the actual locations in Hilo, Hawaii or St. Louis, Missouri.
Here are the USPS details on the $6.65 Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp and the $23.75 Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp:
Lili‘uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail)
This Priority Mail stamp is being issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Built on land donated by Queen Lili‘uokalani (1838–1917), the last Hawaiian monarch to govern the islands, the gardens were dedicated in 1917 and named in her honor. Hilo’s Lili‘uokalani Gardens are Japanese in style with influences of Hawaiian remains of lava flows, plantings of tropical trees and flowers, and a view of the Mauna Kea volcano — Hawai‘i’s highest point. The stamp art features one of the gardens’ most iconic structures, the red wooden shelter on a stone bridge spanning a portion of the pond. The bridge is surrounded by three stone lanterns and lush tropical plants. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.
Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express)
The Postal Service celebrates the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, MO, with a new Priority Mail Express stamp. The Gateway Arch was built as a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson and the 19th-century traders and pioneers for whom St. Louis was the gateway to the West. The stamp art depicts the majestic stainless-steel arch at sunset in its setting on the banks of the Mississippi River. Towering above the city’s skyline, the Gateway Arch is reflected in the rippling water below, where a barge passes by. Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.