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11 Dec 2016
06:37:06am
USPS Press Release

Stamp Announcement 17-01: Year of the Rooster Stamp

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On January 5, 2017, in Seattle, WA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Year of the Rooster First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 552000). The Year of the Rooster $5.64 pane of 12 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 5, 2017.
The Year of the Rooster stamp is the tenth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017, and ends on February 15, 2018. The stamp art depicts a rooster emblazoned on a red envelope (hongbao). Parents present red envelopes containing money to children and loved ones during Lunar New Year celebrations. The color red symbolizes luck in Chinese culture, while rooster imagery is often used to ward off evil spirits. The characters at the top of the envelope form a common Chinese greeting of celebration and wish for prosperity and good fortune, used most frequently during Lunar New Year. Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee's intricate cut-paper design of a rooster and the Chinese character for "rooster," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — to create continuity between the stamps in the series.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 552000, $5.64 Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster (Forever priced at 47 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 12 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Officesâ„¢ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at https://sfsweb.usps.gov. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Year of the Rooster stamp. The word "Station" or the abbreviation "STA" is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.
Guidelines for Finalizing Year of the Rooster Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

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To finalize the Year of the Rooster stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Codeâ„¢ of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1.
The Postal Serviceâ„¢ must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services four weeks before the event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to http://blue.usps.gov/formmgmt/forms/ps413.pdf.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Year of the Rooster
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 5, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There are eight philatelic products for this stamp issue:
552006, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $33.84.
552010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $12.95.
552016*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.
552018*, First-Day Cover Full Pane, $8.14.
552019*, Cancelled Full Pane, $8.14.
552021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.
552024*, Framed Art, $39.95.
552030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Year of the Rooster Stamp
Item Number: 552000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 12 (1 design)
Series: Celebrating Lunar New Year
Issue Date & City: January 5, 2017, Seattle, WA 98134
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist: Kam Mak, Brooklyn, NY
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 12
Print Quantity: 15 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 872/Gold
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.24 x 5.92 in./183.90 x 150.37 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 21.97 x 11.97 in./ 558.04 x 303.91 mm
Plate Size: 144 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings:
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (552000) • Promotional text • Verso: Celebrating Lunar New Year text

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11 Dec 2016
09:24:17am
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Angore, boy oh boy, that was a mouthful, did we really need all that much detail from USPS? Then they omitted the name of the person who swept up after the designer.
Personally I got a crick in the neck viewing the stamp, feel it would have been better printed vertically.
Thanks for the posting, at least we can keep an eye out for the stamps.

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11 Dec 2016
10:51:18am
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"Personally I got a crick in the neck viewing the stamp, feel it would have been better printed vertically"




Indeed, I have every intention to turn the stamp 90-deg clockwise before affixing to envelope. Happy Odd design choice, unless the rooster is somehow defying gravity and leaning out from the limb.

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11 Dec 2016
12:51:56pm
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The format is odd but wonder if they wanted to preserve the horizontal format not matter what. It is not my favorite design and the series is a bit old.

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11 Dec 2016
05:30:59pm
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the juxtaposition of stamp on stamp is poor design indeed. I'd give the team a D on this

David

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20 Dec 2016
06:14:34am
re: 2017 US Issues

Stamp Announcement 17-02: Love Skywriting Stamp
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On January 7, 2017, in Chino, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Love Skywriting First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 561600).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 7, 2017.

This new issuance is a continuation of the U.S. Postal Service tradition of creating stamps that celebrate love. The Love Skywriting stamp will add a sweet, romantic touch to your letters and cards, not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round. The stamp art depicts the word "Love" written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. Louise Fili designed the stamp, illustrated by Jessica Hische. Derry Noyes was the art director.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 561600, Love Skywriting (Forever priced at 47 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at https://sfsweb.usps.gov. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Love Skywriting
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 7, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:
561606, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20.
561610*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95.
561616*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.
561621*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.
561624*, Framed Art, $39.95.
561630*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Love Skywriting Stamp
Item Number: 561600
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Love
Issue Date & City: January 7, 2017, Chino, CA 91710
Designer: Louise Fili, New York, NY
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Louise Fili, New York, NY
Illustrator: Jessica Hische, San Francisco, CA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 250 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Spot Blue
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.635 x 5.425 in./143.13 x 137.80 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 22.54 x 10.85 in./572.52 x 275.59 mm
Plate Size: 320 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "B" followed by one (1) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (561600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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21 Dec 2016
05:57:30am
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At least in this Love issue you can see the word Love.

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06:35:59am
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Stamp Announcement 17-03: U.S. Flag Stamp

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U.S. Flag Stamp

©2016 USPS

On January 27, 2017, in Norcross, GA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the U.S. Flag First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design. The formats available are a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 10 stamps (Item 674700) produced by security printer Banknote Corporation of America (BCA), a PSA booklet of 20 stamps (Item 672000) produced by security printers BCA and Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU), a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 749800) produced by security printers BCA and APU, and a PSA Automated teller machine (ATM) sheetlet of 18 stamps (Item 564400).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2017.

With the new U.S. Flag stamp, the Postal Service™ continues its tradition of celebrating patriotism with one of the most recognizable symbols of our nation. The stamp, sold in booklets of 10 and 20, coils of 100, and an ATM sheetlet of 18, features a detail from a photograph of the billowing Stars and Stripes. Terrence W. McCaffrey was the art director of the project and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph of the flag taken by Tom Grill.

Initial Supply to Post Offices:

Item 672000, $9.80 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps
Item 674700, $4.90 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Booklet of 10 Stamps
Item 564400, $8.82 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Sheetlet of 18 Stamps
Item 749800, $49.00 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) PSA Coil of 100 Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI-U.S. Flag
Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 27, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There are two philatelic products for the booklet of 20:
672016*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.
672030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

There is one philatelic product for the coil of 100:
749816*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

There are no philatelic products for the booklet of 10.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 672000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,750,000,000
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 960 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
• Plate number in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area
• Promotional text • USPS Logo
• Barcode

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 672000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville , NY
Press Type: Muller Martini A76
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,750,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 1040 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header. “U.S. Flag” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps
• Plate numbers in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 749800
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

Issue:U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 749800
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.8709 x 0.98 in./22.12 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 674700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Single-Sided Booklet of 10 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 10
Print Quantity: 100,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.316 x 1.74 in./135.03 x 44.20 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 560 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
• Plate number in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area
• Promotional text • USPS Logo
• Barcode • Verso: U.S. Flag, 10 First-Class Forever Stamps

Technical details for the ATM Sheetlet of 18 stamps will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin.

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22 Dec 2016
06:44:31am
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Stamp Announcement 17-04: Seashells Stamps

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Seashells Stamps

©2016 USPS

On January 28, 2017, in San Diego, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Seashells Postcard Rate stamps (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 119600) and a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 749900).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide January 28, 2017.

Four new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts one iconic shell found in North American waters: the alphabet cone, the Pacific calico scallop, the zebra nerite, and the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch. The highly stylized stamp art expresses a lighthearted, artistic view of shells. The horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.
Initial Supply to Post Offices:

Item 119600, Seashells Postcard Rate (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps
Item 749900, Seashells Postcard Rate (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) PSA Coil of 100 Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI-Seashells
Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 28, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product for the booklet of 20:
119616*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), 2 stamps, $4.48.

There is one philatelic product for the coil of 100:
749916*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), 2 stamps, $4.48.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Seashells Stamps
Item Number: 119600
Denomination & Type of Issue: Postcard Rate, Non-denominated, Mail-use
Format: Pane of 20 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 28, 2017, San Diego, CA 92199
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 150,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS7471c Turquoise, PMS Cool Gray 5c
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 mm
Plate Size: 400 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "P" followed by six (6) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:
Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back:
©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (119600) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Issue: Seashells Stamps
Item Number: 749900
Denomination & Type of Issue: Postcard Rate, Non-denominated, Mail-use
Format: Coil of 100 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 28, 2017, San Diego, CA 92199
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photos: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 500,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS7471c Turquoise, PMS Cool Gray 5c
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.7037 x 0.84 in./17.87 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.8437 x 0.98 in./21.43 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 768 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "P" followed by six (6) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 32nd stamp below stamp image



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11 Dec 2016
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Stamp Announcement 17-01: Year of the Rooster Stamp

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On January 5, 2017, in Seattle, WA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Year of the Rooster First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 552000). The Year of the Rooster $5.64 pane of 12 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 5, 2017.
The Year of the Rooster stamp is the tenth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017, and ends on February 15, 2018. The stamp art depicts a rooster emblazoned on a red envelope (hongbao). Parents present red envelopes containing money to children and loved ones during Lunar New Year celebrations. The color red symbolizes luck in Chinese culture, while rooster imagery is often used to ward off evil spirits. The characters at the top of the envelope form a common Chinese greeting of celebration and wish for prosperity and good fortune, used most frequently during Lunar New Year. Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee's intricate cut-paper design of a rooster and the Chinese character for "rooster," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun — to create continuity between the stamps in the series.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 552000, $5.64 Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster (Forever priced at 47 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 12 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Officesâ„¢ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at https://sfsweb.usps.gov. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Year of the Rooster stamp. The word "Station" or the abbreviation "STA" is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.
Guidelines for Finalizing Year of the Rooster Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

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To finalize the Year of the Rooster stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Codeâ„¢ of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1.
The Postal Serviceâ„¢ must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services four weeks before the event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to http://blue.usps.gov/formmgmt/forms/ps413.pdf.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Year of the Rooster
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 5, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There are eight philatelic products for this stamp issue:
552006, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $33.84.
552010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $12.95.
552016*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.
552018*, First-Day Cover Full Pane, $8.14.
552019*, Cancelled Full Pane, $8.14.
552021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.
552024*, Framed Art, $39.95.
552030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Year of the Rooster Stamp
Item Number: 552000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 12 (1 design)
Series: Celebrating Lunar New Year
Issue Date & City: January 5, 2017, Seattle, WA 98134
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist: Kam Mak, Brooklyn, NY
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 12
Print Quantity: 15 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 872/Gold
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.24 x 5.92 in./183.90 x 150.37 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 21.97 x 11.97 in./ 558.04 x 303.91 mm
Plate Size: 144 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings:
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (552000) • Promotional text • Verso: Celebrating Lunar New Year text

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11 Dec 2016
09:24:17am

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Angore, boy oh boy, that was a mouthful, did we really need all that much detail from USPS? Then they omitted the name of the person who swept up after the designer.
Personally I got a crick in the neck viewing the stamp, feel it would have been better printed vertically.
Thanks for the posting, at least we can keep an eye out for the stamps.

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10:51:18am

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"Personally I got a crick in the neck viewing the stamp, feel it would have been better printed vertically"




Indeed, I have every intention to turn the stamp 90-deg clockwise before affixing to envelope. Happy Odd design choice, unless the rooster is somehow defying gravity and leaning out from the limb.

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11 Dec 2016
12:51:56pm

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The format is odd but wonder if they wanted to preserve the horizontal format not matter what. It is not my favorite design and the series is a bit old.

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11 Dec 2016
05:30:59pm

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the juxtaposition of stamp on stamp is poor design indeed. I'd give the team a D on this

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Stamp Announcement 17-02: Love Skywriting Stamp
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On January 7, 2017, in Chino, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Love Skywriting First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 561600).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 7, 2017.

This new issuance is a continuation of the U.S. Postal Service tradition of creating stamps that celebrate love. The Love Skywriting stamp will add a sweet, romantic touch to your letters and cards, not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round. The stamp art depicts the word "Love" written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. Louise Fili designed the stamp, illustrated by Jessica Hische. Derry Noyes was the art director.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 561600, Love Skywriting (Forever priced at 47 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at https://sfsweb.usps.gov. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Love Skywriting
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 7, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:
561606, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20.
561610*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95.
561616*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.
561621*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.
561624*, Framed Art, $39.95.
561630*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Love Skywriting Stamp
Item Number: 561600
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Love
Issue Date & City: January 7, 2017, Chino, CA 91710
Designer: Louise Fili, New York, NY
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Louise Fili, New York, NY
Illustrator: Jessica Hische, San Francisco, CA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 250 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Spot Blue
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.635 x 5.425 in./143.13 x 137.80 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 22.54 x 10.85 in./572.52 x 275.59 mm
Plate Size: 320 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "B" followed by one (1) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (561600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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21 Dec 2016
05:57:30am

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At least in this Love issue you can see the word Love.

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Stamp Announcement 17-03: U.S. Flag Stamp

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On January 27, 2017, in Norcross, GA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the U.S. Flag First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design. The formats available are a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 10 stamps (Item 674700) produced by security printer Banknote Corporation of America (BCA), a PSA booklet of 20 stamps (Item 672000) produced by security printers BCA and Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU), a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 749800) produced by security printers BCA and APU, and a PSA Automated teller machine (ATM) sheetlet of 18 stamps (Item 564400).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2017.

With the new U.S. Flag stamp, the Postal Service™ continues its tradition of celebrating patriotism with one of the most recognizable symbols of our nation. The stamp, sold in booklets of 10 and 20, coils of 100, and an ATM sheetlet of 18, features a detail from a photograph of the billowing Stars and Stripes. Terrence W. McCaffrey was the art director of the project and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph of the flag taken by Tom Grill.

Initial Supply to Post Offices:

Item 672000, $9.80 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps
Item 674700, $4.90 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Booklet of 10 Stamps
Item 564400, $8.82 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Sheetlet of 18 Stamps
Item 749800, $49.00 U.S. Flag 2017 First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) PSA Coil of 100 Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI-U.S. Flag
Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 27, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There are two philatelic products for the booklet of 20:
672016*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.
672030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

There is one philatelic product for the coil of 100:
749816*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

There are no philatelic products for the booklet of 10.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 672000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,750,000,000
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 960 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
• Plate number in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area
• Promotional text • USPS Logo
• Barcode

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 672000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville , NY
Press Type: Muller Martini A76
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,750,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 1040 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header. “U.S. Flag” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps
• Plate numbers in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 749800
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

Issue:U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 749800
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.8709 x 0.98 in./22.12 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

Issue: U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number: 674700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Single-Sided Booklet of 10 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 27, 2017, Norcross, GA 30071
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Tom Grill
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 10
Print Quantity: 100,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.316 x 1.74 in./135.03 x 44.20 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 560 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
• Plate number in peel strip area
• © 2016 USPS in peel strip area
• Promotional text • USPS Logo
• Barcode • Verso: U.S. Flag, 10 First-Class Forever Stamps

Technical details for the ATM Sheetlet of 18 stamps will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin.

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Stamp Announcement 17-04: Seashells Stamps

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Seashells Stamps

©2016 USPS

On January 28, 2017, in San Diego, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Seashells Postcard Rate stamps (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 119600) and a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 749900).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide January 28, 2017.

Four new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts one iconic shell found in North American waters: the alphabet cone, the Pacific calico scallop, the zebra nerite, and the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch. The highly stylized stamp art expresses a lighthearted, artistic view of shells. The horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.
Initial Supply to Post Offices:

Item 119600, Seashells Postcard Rate (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps
Item 749900, Seashells Postcard Rate (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) PSA Coil of 100 Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI-Seashells
Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 28, 2017.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at http://usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product for the booklet of 20:
119616*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), 2 stamps, $4.48.

There is one philatelic product for the coil of 100:
749916*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), 2 stamps, $4.48.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Issue: Seashells Stamps
Item Number: 119600
Denomination & Type of Issue: Postcard Rate, Non-denominated, Mail-use
Format: Pane of 20 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 28, 2017, San Diego, CA 92199
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 150,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS7471c Turquoise, PMS Cool Gray 5c
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 mm
Plate Size: 400 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "P" followed by six (6) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:
Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back:
©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (119600) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Issue: Seashells Stamps
Item Number: 749900
Denomination & Type of Issue: Postcard Rate, Non-denominated, Mail-use
Format: Coil of 100 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 28, 2017, San Diego, CA 92199
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photos: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 500,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS7471c Turquoise, PMS Cool Gray 5c
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.7037 x 0.84 in./17.87 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.8437 x 0.98 in./21.43 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 768 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "P" followed by six (6) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 32nd stamp below stamp image



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