Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail Envelope (U.S. 2017)

On January 22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, the Postal Service issued a new Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope (Item 232700). The new product is an accountable item and features the $6.65 Lili’uokalani Gardens stamp image printed directly on the envelope along with standard Priority Mail graphics.

The prepaid envelope seeks to enhance customer convenience and improve access to USPS® services by saving time and simplifying transactions. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

The envelope is available through The Postal Store® website at www.usps.com/shop, by calling 800–782–6724, and in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. It is not available in Post Offices at this time.

There is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:
232716 Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Stamped Envelope First-Day Cover, $7.09.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Lili’uokalani Gardens Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Stamped Envelope
Item Number: 232700
Denomination & Type of Issue: $6.65 Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
Issue Date & City: January 22, 2017, Kansas City, MO 64108
Art Director, Designer, Typographer Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Manufacturing Process: Flexography
Printer: Bell, Inc.
Printed at: Bell, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
Press Type: Stevens
Print Quantity: 648,000
Paper Type: 12-point, clay-coated newsback
Colors: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, PMS 294 (Blue), PMS 485 (Red), Varnish
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.59375 x 1.25 in./40.48 x 31.75 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 9.5 x 12.5 in. (envelope)
Catalog Item Number(s):

  • 232705, Regular Issue Envelope(5/pack), $33.25.
  • 232710, Regular Issue Envelope(10/pack), $66.50.
  • 232725, Regular Issue Envelope(25/pack), $166.25.
  • 232716, First-Day Cover, $7.09.

10-Cent Pears (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 5, 2017: The USPS says a version or versions of this stamp will be issued March 23rd in Cleveland at the Garfield-Perry March Party stamp show. There is no word on the format or formats.

Updated February 17, 2017:
On March 23, 2017, in Cleveland, OH, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the 10-cent denominated Pears stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 111500). The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 23, 2017.

Originally issued in 2016 in a coil format, Pears, a 10-cent definitive stamp featuring two red pears on a white background, is being offered in 2017, in panes of 20. The stamp art is an existing illustration by John Burgoyne, who created the original artwork with pen and ink and watercolor. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements. 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. Cutomers must 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 – Pears Stamp
USPS 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 May 23, 2017.

There is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:

  • 111516 First-Day Cover, $1.03

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Pears Stamp
Item Number: 111500
Denomination & Type of Issue: 10-cent Denominated, Mail Use
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: March 23, 2017, Cleveland, OH 44101
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Art: John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 150,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Warm Gray 4/Gray, PMS 7619 Red, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
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./21.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size
(w x h): 5.30 x 4.88 in./134.62 x 123.95 mm
Plate Size: 400 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by six (6) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (111500) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.59″ x 1.34″

Patriotic Nonprofit (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 27th: Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.36” x 1.40″.

Updated January 18th:
On February 10, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Patriotic Nonprofit nondenominated, nonprofit organization stamp (5-cent value), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 stamps (Item 755100), and a PSA coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 760200).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 10, 2017.

Patriotic Nonprofit, the new nondenominated, nonprofit-price stamp, showcases the letters “USA” in blue, accompanied by a bright red star on a white background with a blue border. To create the new design, the 2016 USA stamp art was rendered slightly smaller to accommodate the blue border. Intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations, this stamp will be issued in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 stamps. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with Leslie Badani.

Item 755100 Patriotic Nonprofit (Nondenominated priced at 5 cents) PSA Coil of 3,000
Item 760200 Patriotic Nonprofit (Nondenominated priced at 5 cents) PSA Coil of 10,000

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements. 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 – Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
USPS 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 April 10, 2017.

There are no philatelic products for the coil of 3,000 stamps.
There is one philatelic product for the coil of 10,000 stamps:

  • 760216 First-Day Cover, $0.98

Technical Specifications – Coil of 3,000:

Issue: Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
Item Number: 755100
Denomination & Type of Issue: Nondenominated Nonprofit (5-cent value)
Format: Coil of 3,000, 1 design
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 10, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 3,000
Print Quantity: 105,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: PMS 286 Blue C, PMS 199 Red C, PMS 429 Grey C
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: 594 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by three (3) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

Technical Specifications – Coil of 10,000:

Issue: Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
Item Number: 760200
Denomination & Type of Issue: Nondenominated Nonprofit (5-cent value)
Format: Coil of 10,000, 1 design
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 10, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 10,000
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: PMS 286 Blue C, PMS 199 Red C, PMS 429 Grey C
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: 594 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by three (3) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

Updated January 5th: This stamp will be issued February 10th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ASDA is holding a stamp show there that day.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

Patriotic Nonprofit, the new non-denominated, nonprofit-price stamp, showcases the letters “USA” in blue, accompanied by a bright red star on a white background with a blue border. To create the new design, the 2016 USA stamp art was rendered slightly smaller to accommodate the blue border. Intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations, this stamp will be issued in coils of 10,000. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the 2017 Patriotic Nonprofit stamp using the 2016 USA stamp art he designed with Leslie Badani.

Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express) (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 27th: Here is the digital color postmark for this issue: It measures 2.98 x 1.4 inches.

Updated January 18th:
On January 22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the $23.75 Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 4 stamps (Item 111300).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 22, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri, 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.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.

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 – Gateway Arch Stamp
USPS 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 22, 2017.

There are two philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 111316 First-Day Cover, $24.19
  • 111321 Digital Color Postmark, $24.90

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Gateway Arch Stamp
Item Number: 111300
Denomination & Type of Issue: $23.75 Priority Mail Express Rate
Format: Pane of 4 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 22, 2017, Kansas City, MO 64108
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Artist: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Stevens, Vari-Size Security Press
Stamps per Pane: 4
Print Quantity: 3,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag Applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 1.085 in/36.07 x 27.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 1.225 in/39.62 x 31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 4.12 x 3.45 in/104.65 x 87.63 mm
Plate Size: 20 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate number in two corners of pane
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Four barcodes (111300) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated January 5th: This stamp will be issued Sunday, January 22nd with no ceremony and a Kansas City, MO, postmark.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

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.

Lili’uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail) (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 27th: Here is the digital color postmark for this issue: It measures 2.91″ x 1.39″.

Updated January 18th: From the USPS:

A special ceremony for the Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp will be held Monday, Jan. 23, at 11:00 a.m. at the Shoroan Tea House, Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

Hilo Postmaster Alton Uyetake, Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe and Friends of the Lili’uokalani Gardens President K.T. Cannon-Eger will participate in the ceremony to unveil an enlargement of the stamp.

While this is not a First-Day-of-Issue ceremony, stamp sales and cancellations will take place.

Also:

On January 22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the $6.65 Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 4 stamps (Item 119900).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 22, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service issues this Priority Mail stamp to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii. 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. 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 of the gardens’ stone lanterns and lush tropical plants. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.

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 – Lili’uokalani Gardens Stamp
USPS 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 22, 2017.

There are two philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 119916 First-Day Cover, $7.09
  • 119921 Digital Color Postmark, $7.80

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Lili’uokalani Gardens Stamp
Item Number: 119900
Denomination & Type of Issue: $6.65 Priority Mail Rate
Format: Pane of 4 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 22, 2017, Kansas City, MO 64108
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Artist: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Stevens, Vari-Size Security Press
Stamps per Pane: 4
Print Quantity: 12,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag Applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 1.085 in/36.07 x 27.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 1.225 in/39.62 x 31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 4.12 x 3.45 in/104.65 x 87.63 mm
Plate Size: 20 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate number in two corners of pane
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Four barcodes (119900) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated January 5th: This stamp will be issued Sunday, January 22nd with no ceremony and a Kansas City, MO, postmark.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

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.

Azulillo stamped card (U.S. 2017)

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

The U.S. Postal Service issues a new stamped card for 2017 featuring an illustration of a Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator and designer Dugald Stermer (1936–2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names azulillo — loosely translated from Spanish, it means “little blue thing”— with its botanical name above. The Chilean blue crocus is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones seven to nine. It generally flowers in February or March in North America. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

Oscar de la Renta (U.S. 2017)

Updated February 17: The copyright date in the Technical Specifications was incorrect (“2017” rather than “2016”). It has been corrected below.

Updated February 1st:
Here is the design for the Digital Color Postmark: It measures 3″ x 1.3″. Here is the design for the pictorial cancel: It measures 2.97″ x 1.14″. There is also a “special” postmark that local post offices may offer: It measures 2.87″ x .98″.

Updated January 27th:
[press release]
Oscar de la Renta Forever Stamp Set to Take Center Stage
Feb. 16 Ceremony at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City

What:
The U.S. Postal Service is issuing the Oscar de la Renta Forever stamp to honor one of the world’s leading fashion designers. For 50 years, Oscar de la Renta created glamorous, sophisticated clothes that showcased the distinctively feminine attributes of the women who wore them. His innovative designs and close attention to detail elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion.
The stamp art includes 11 images — an evocative black-and-white portrait of de la Renta and 10 details from some of his most exquisite gowns.

Who:
Secretary Hillary Clinton
Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue
Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service
Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC.
Anderson Cooper, journalist and author

When:
Friday, Feb. 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Vanderbilt Hall East at
Grand Central Terminal
New York, N.Y.
(Note: There will be no autographing session.)

Background:
In 1956, 24-year-old Oscar de la Renta achieved his first success as a fashion designer. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain commissioned de la Renta to make a white debutante dress for her daughter. Later that year, she appeared on the cover of Life wearing the dress. Shortly thereafter, he began working in the Madrid atelier of legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta learned how to work with complex fabric, studied proportions, perfected draping techniques, and gained an understanding of garment construction.

After later breaking into haute couture fashion in Paris, de la Renta moved to New York and began working at Elizabeth Arden in 1963. Two years later, he debuted his own collection for the first time. A rising star along Seventh Avenue, he captured the beauty and ease American women craved in their gowns and suits. He mingled just as confidently with the socialites of New York as he had in Paris and Madrid and sought to create both the day and evening wear that such powerful and influential women desired. With his highly polished style and tremendous skill, de la Renta bridged the gap between American and French fashion.

His clothes reflected the duality of the American woman—feminine without looking fragile, authoritative yet still refined. He also had a talent for maintaining a timeless yet modern quality in his pieces, incorporating elements of popular culture and other societal trends. His garments were regularly featured on the covers of high fashion magazines and became glorious indulgences found in specialty stores around the country. His designs continue to represent the sophistication and international quality of fashion in the United States.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink dress by Norman Jean Roy.

The Oscar de la Renta stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Updated January 18th:
On February 16, 2017, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Oscar de la Renta First-Class Mail stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents) in eleven designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 11 stamps (Item 562700). The Oscar de la Renta $5.39 pane of 11 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide February 16, 2017.

Most widely known for dressing the country’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta‘s innovative designs and close attention to detail elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

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 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 – Oscar de la Renta Stamps
USPS 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 April 16, 2017.

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 562706 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $48.51
  • 562710 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $12.95
  • 562716 First-Day Cover (set of 11), $10.23
  • 562721 Digital Color Postmark (set of 11), $18.04
  • 562724 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 562730 Ceremony Program, $6.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Oscar de la Renta Stamps
Item Number: 562700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 11 (11 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 16, 2017, New York, NY 10199
Art Director: Derry Noyes
Designer: Derry Noyes
Typographer: Derry Noyes
Artist: From existing photos
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 11
Print Quantity: 17,600,000 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): 1.09 x 1.04 in/27.56 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.23 x 1.56 in/31.12 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.64 x 8.63 in/194.06 x 219.20 mm
Plate Size: 99 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: Oscar de la Renta
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Barcode (562700) •Oscar de la Renta • Promotional Text

Updated January 5th: These stamps will be issued February 16th in New York City.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

Most widely known for dressing the nation’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta’s innovative designs and close attention to detail are said to have elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink gown by Norman Jean Roy.

5 More U.S. 2017 Issues Announced

[press release] [click on the issue name to go to that issue’s page]
Additional 2017 Stamps Announced
Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch Featured

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more stamps to be issued in 2017. “The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “We are very excited to showcase these miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story as we add to the lineup of 2017 stamps announced earlier.”

Here are the newest additions:

Oscar de la Renta
Most widely known for dressing the nation’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta’s innovative designs and close attention to detail are said to have elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink gown by Norman Jean Roy.

Azulillo (stamped card)
The U.S. Postal Service issues a new stamped card for 2017 featuring an illustration of a Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator and designer Dugald Stermer (1936–2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names azulillo — loosely translated from Spanish, it means “little blue thing”— with its botanical name above. The Chilean blue crocus is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones seven to nine. It generally flowers in February or March in North America. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

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.

Patriotic Nonprofit
Patriotic Nonprofit, the new non-denominated, nonprofit-price stamp, showcases the letters “USA” in blue, accompanied by a bright red star on a white background with a blue border. To create the new design, the 2016 USA stamp art was rendered slightly smaller to accommodate the blue border. Intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations, this stamp will be issued in coils of 10,000. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the 2017 Patriotic Nonprofit stamp using the 2016 USA stamp art he designed with Leslie Badani.

“Deep CSAC” vs. 2017 U.S.

by Lloyd A. de Vries

In February 2014, someone leaked to The Washington Post a list of the stamps and postal stationery subjects the U.S. Postal Service and its Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) was considering. The list was nicknamed “Deep CSAC.”

The list was divided into three categories: Design Approved, In Design Development, and Not Yet In Design.

At first, the U.S. stamp program hewed fairly closely to Deep CSAC, but as time went on, it diverged more and more: Some stamps were issued in a different year than the list had indicated, some weren’t issued at all, and some were issued that weren’t on the list. Still, looking at the list now, it’s amazing how accurate it was. (It’s still online.)

The list didn’t specifically cover 2017, but several of the issues on the 2017 list so far are there (Barn Swallow envelope, Love Skywriting, “Garden Beauty” (likely Flowers from the Garden in 2017), Christmas Carols. And I expect we’ll add to this list as 2017’s list of issues is completed.

So what is on the list, so far unissued but “design approved,” could be a guide to other 2017 issues.

Although two somewhat non-religious Christmas subjects have been announced for 2017 (Christmas Carols and “A Snowy Day”), there is no religious issue. The USPS has been issuing Madonna & Child stamps in alternate years, and just issued one in 2016, but a design by Francesco Bachiacca has been approved. According to Wikipedia, he was a Renaissance artist. His Madonna and Child with St. John hangs in the Dallas Museum of Art.

However, there are also three other “Madonna and Child” stamps with designs approved.

Elizabeth Taylor was rumored to be the Legends of Hollywood pick for 2016; instead, it was Shirley Temple. Deep CSAC has a design “in development.” Entertainment celebrity stamps often become mired in rights issues, from the estates of the celebrities themselves to use of photographs and characters portrayed in the design. She had children with Michael Wilding and Michael Todd, and an adopted daughter with Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton. At least three of the children are still alive. She also has nine grandchildren. We have seen how children from different spouses or partners often disagree on stamp issuances.

We’ve been hearing for years that “Science Fiction Writers” was an imminent issue, a set of 4 or 5 stamps first rumored for 2013. According to the Deep CSAC list, the design is approved, and there is even a second second in the works. There is probably at least one rights issue with the initial set.

There was also strong rumors last year about stamps for Steve Jobs and a Music Icons one for James Brown. We know there are major rights issues for Brown; his heirs can’t even agree on where to bury him. I could easily see a rights issue with the Apple founder, too.

Speaking of Music Icons, the secret list says a design has been approved for Roy Orbison.

We’ve had Distinguished Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, and almost annual service medal stamps in the past few years. Deep CSAC indicates a Distinguished Airmen design is approved. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines were all four stamps.

No two-ounce Distinguished Americans stamp has been announced. Deep CSAC says there is a two-ounce-rate design for A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., an African American federal judge.

However, don’t rush out and order your first day cover cachets or prints suitable to framing or book travel based on this speculation. Several of 2017’s announced issues don’t show up anywhere on the Deep CSAC list. Several of 2016’s weren’t there either.

Christmas Carols Booklet (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_carols1The 2017 Christmas season will be celebrated with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. ” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. Shades of blue in the stamp backgrounds evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was art director; artist Steve McCracken created the original art. carols_bklt