NHL’s Great Forwards (Canada 2016)

[press release]
NHL Great Canadian Forward stamps celebrate hockey’s legendary goal-scorers and storied leaders
Hockey heroes in NHL collection contributed to Canada’s national story

can_forwardsTORONTO – On the eve of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semi-finals, and less than three weeks before the start of the 2016-17 NHL® Season, Canada Post today unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series.

The 2016 NHL® Great Canadian Forwards stamps highlight some of the greatest goal-scorers ever to play in the NHL: Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins), Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens), Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins).

“This talented group of star forwards has contributed to our national story beyond the goals they’ve scored and the trophies they’ve won,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “They are heroes for what they stand for. They are men of honour and character and represent the best of who we are as Canadians.” can_forwards-ofdcThe six legends hail from five provinces. As a group, they played in more than 8,300 NHL games and scored more than 3,800 goals and more than 5,700 assists – more than a point per game (regular season and playoffs). Between them, they have won 18 Stanley Cup® Championships.

“This year’s collection represents a special group of players; each one a marquee player whose impact was felt by those on the ice, behind the bench, in the stands, and at home,” says NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “The NHL is proud to congratulate this year’s elite class of honourees.”

Avi Dunkelman and Joe Gault of Toronto designed the six-stamp Canadian issue, which features head-and-shoulder images of the players in uniform. Souvenir sheets in this series resemble hockey cards and feature full images of the players in action. The back of the stamps complete the hockey-card experience, offering career statistics that tell part of the players’ professional story. They are only available in a pack of six, like hockey cards.

All players participated the unveiling ceremony in the Esso Great Hall, home of the Stanley Cup®. The lineup:

can_espositoPhil Esposito played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, scoring 1,590 points in 1,282 regular-season games over an 18-season NHL career. Esposito helped lead the Bruins to two Stanley Cup® Championships (1970 and 1972) and Team Canada to victory in the 1972 Summit Series. A 10-time All-Star, Esposito was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. The Bruins retired his No. 7 jersey in 1987.

can_lafleurGuy Lafleur played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques, scoring 560 goals and 793 assists for a total of 1,353 regular-season points over a 17-season NHL career. He reached a milestone 1,000 points in just 720 games, faster than any other NHL player before him. He won five Stanley Cup® Championships as a player with the Canadiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. The Canadiens retired his No. 10 in 1985.

can_sittlerDarryl Sittler played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, scoring 484 goals and 637 assists for 1,121 regular season points over his 15-season NHL career. He became the first Leaf to score 100 points in a season and also made history by scoring 10 points in a game against the Bruins on February 7, 1976, an NHL record that still stands. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. The Leafs honoured his No. 27 jersey on February 8, 2003, 27 years plus a day after his historic scoring feat against the Bruins.

can_messierMark Messier played 25 seasons in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. He is one of the game’s highest scorers, ranking second among all-time points leaders with 1,887. He scored 694 goals and 1,193 assists in 1,756 regular-season games and holds the record for most NHL games played, including playoffs – 1,992. He won five Stanley Cup® Championships with the Oilers and another with the Rangers. A 15-time All-Star, Messier is the only player to captain two different franchises to Stanley Cup® titles. The Rangers retired his No. 11 in 2006 and the Oilers in 2007. Messier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

can_yzermanSteve Yzerman was a nine-time All-Star who played in 1,514 regular-season NHL games and another 196 playoff contests over 22 seasons – all of them with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 career points. He was named team captain at age 21 and became the longest-serving captain in the history of the NHL – 19 seasons. He led the Wings to three Stanley Cup® Championships (1997, 1998, 2002). In 2007, his No. 19 was retired and lifted to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

can_crosbySidney Crosby has played his entire NHL career to date with the reigning Stanley Cup® Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted first overall in 2005, at age 18 he became the youngest NHL player to notch more than 100 points. Named captain two years after entering the NHL, he was the youngest captain ever to win the Stanley Cup® championship in 2009 at age 21. He won the Stanley Cup® Championship a second time last spring. He has played 707 regular-season games to date, scoring 338 goals and 600 assists for 938 points. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medal winner (2010 and 2014) and captured gold with Team Canada at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

The 2016 NHL® Great Canadian Forwards series is the fourth of a five-year collection of NHL stamps leading up to the NHL’s 100th anniversary in 2017. The issue builds on the NHL Team Jersey stamps released in 2013, the Original Six™ Defenceman stamps released in 2014 and the NHL® Great Canadian Goalies stamps last year. The series and all related products are available online at canadapost.ca/NHL.

About the NHL Great Canadian Forwards stamps
can_forwards_bkltcvrAvailable in a mixed booklet of six, containing all of this year’s lineup, the stamps measure 40 mm x 32 mm with simulated perforations, and are printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper with seven-colour lithography. The booklet front features a tightly cropped action shot of Lafleur and Sittler. Oversized-rate hockey-card-size souvenir sheets are available in a pack of six, as well. Each includes a chance to win: one in 40 packs has a signed and authenticated souvenir sheet. Related products: A gummed mini-pane collectors’ item featuring all six players. The mini-pane features embossed, foiled logos of the team each player was best known for. The Official First Day Covers – one for each player – will be cancelled in the birthplaces of the player: Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Esposito); Thurso, Que. (Lafleur); Kitchener, Ont. (Sittler); Edmonton, Alta. (Messier); Cranbrook, B.C. (Yzerman); and Cole Harbour, N.S. (Crosby). Limited edition signed and numbered framed prints are available for each player.

The official first day covers for all six players is above. Here are the ones for each player:can_esposito_ofdccan_lafleur_ofdccan_sittler_ofdccan_messier_ofdccan_yzerman_ofdccan_crosby_ofdc

can_sittler_ssHere are the fronts and backs of the hockey-card-size souvenir sheets for each player: can_crosby_sscan_lafleur_sscan_messier_sscan_yzerman_sscan_esposito_ssAnd the mini-pane for the issue: can_forwards_minipane

Jack O’Lanterns First Day Ceremony

Held at Anoka, Minnesota, “The Halloween Capital of the World,” because (according to Wikipedia) it hosted one of the first Halloween parades in 1920. Dignitaries at the ceremony included postal officials, local officials, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the photographer for the stamp designs, Sally Andersen-Bruce.  todd_jacko04This was not one of the dignitaries! Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei.todd_jacko07All is in readiness for the ceremony. Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei. usps_jacko01Photo courtesy USPS (video still). todd_jacko06What’s a first-day ceremony without Chris Lazaroff (center)? The man in the hat is Pete McClure. Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei. usps_jacko08aAnother frequent ceremony-goer, American Philatelist editor Jay Bigalke, was caught on USPS video. usps_jacko10As Pete commented, if you want to get people to show up for a first day ceremony, hold a kids event, like a Halloween parade. FDC collectors say there were thousands at this ceremony.todd_jacko03 Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei. usps_jacko09Photo courtesy USPS (video still).todd_jacko05Look what was across the square! Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei. todd_jacko01The payoff for collectors. Photo courtesy Todd Ronnei. usps_jacko03Photo courtesy USPS (video still). usps_jacko04Photo courtesy USPS (video still). usps_jacko05Photo courtesy USPS (video still). usps_jacko06Samantha Jenson, a student of St. Stephen’s Catholic School, who read a poem she wrote, and stamp photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce signing autographs. Photo courtesy USPS (video still). usps_jacko07Andersen-Bruce having some fun with one of the faux bugs on the autograph table. Photo courtesy USPS (video still).

Job Posting: U.S. Postal Museum Director

Here is the Smithsonian’s job posting for the position of Director of the National Postal Museum:

POSITION DESCRIPTION AND CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM

npm logoThe position serves as Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM), with responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum stewards the nation’s foremost stamp collection and is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history as it pertains to the history of American postal operations and philately using exhibitions, educational public and online programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors, post office employees and retirees and visitors from around the world. The Museum develops collaborative programs and activities with other Smithsonian and U.S. museums and maintains relations with the postal museums of other countries on a national level. The Museum is served by a Smithsonian-U.S. Postal Service Coordinating Committee, a Council of Philatelists and an Advisory Council. The Director is appointed by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and reports on all matters relating to NPM through the Smithsonian’s Provost/Under Secretary for Museums & Research.

View full job description and apply online.

THE MUSEUM
NPM-exterior2The National Postal Museum was created on November 6, 1990 in a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service and opened to the public on July 30, 1993. The Museum is located next to Union Station and near the U.S. Capitol, in the historic City Post Office Building, which was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington, D.C., Post Office from 1914 through 1986. The Museum occupies 100,000 square feet of the building with 35,000 square feet devoted to exhibition space. The Museum also houses a 6,000-square-foot research library, a stamp store and a museum shop. Admission to the museum is free to the public and annual attendance ranges from about 350,000 to 400,000.

The National Postal Museum houses one of the largest and most significant philatelic and postal history collections in the world with more than 6 million items including prestigious U.S. and international postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and historic artifacts. The Museum is home to William H. Gross Stamp Gallery-the largest stamp gallery in the world. The Museum’s many exhibition galleries present America’s postal history from colonial times to the present. Onsite educational programs in the Byrne Education Loft amplify the museum experience for visiting teachers and students. The National Postal Museum’s Library Research Center-a branch of Smithsonian Institution Libraries-is among the world’s largest and most comprehensive library resources on philately and postal history with more than 40,000 volumes and manuscript holdings.

NPM-interior2The museum conducts and supports scholarship, research and publication on philately and postal history, participates fully with the philatelic and postal service community, and sponsors numerous activities including the annual Sundman lecture and the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award. It has a robust online presence that is a resource to scholars, collectors, teachers and students. Its online resource, Arago, pioneered curatorial crowd-sourcing, while projects with U.S. Postal Service oral history, and the development of the postal industry invite strong constituent participation. Active educational programs provide activities, curriculum and special programs reaching teachers and students across the nation and around the world. The Museum has initiated and promoted a variety of programs with other Smithsonian museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Anacostia Community Museum, that encourage telling the diverse stories of American history and the American people.

The Museum has a highly motivated staff of some three dozen, not counting Smithsonian security and maintenance personnel. NPM’s annual operating budget is about $5-6 million with about $3 million in an annual allotment from the U.S. Postal Service and the remainder from the Smithsonian’s appropriation and from fundraising. Additionally, the Smithsonian annually provides over $4 million from central federal funds for security and maintenance costs. The Museum has a small endowment of about $3 million.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Provides the intellectual vision and overall leadership for NPM, its staff, supporters and volunteers, and serves as the key communicator for the Museum to the public and other constituencies. Formulates both high level strategic and operational plans for NPM to achieve its overall mission, defines program goals, objectives, and priorities, and issues policy guidelines, as appropriate, for program operations and consistent with Smithsonian strategic plans and policies.

2. Develops and maintains a good working relationship with the United States Postal Service (USPS). Convenes regular meetings of the USPS/Smithsonian Coordinating Committee to coordinate support, review plans, and address issues that bear on the success of the museum. Participates in the operation of the NPM Museum Advisory Council and the Council of Philatelists.

3. Provides executive leadership and direction to all NPM departments in the planning, development, and management of museum programs and activities. Develops and maintains standards and criteria for program development and execution. Develops and monitors short- and long- range program plans covering all aspects of museum operations, including new acquisitions, collections management, conservation, digitization, and dissemination, fundraising, external affairs, research, publications, exhibits, public service, and facilities management, where applicable. Makes major policy decisions concerning NPM programs, including matters relating to budget, staffing, organization and facilities. Continually evaluates program operations and initiatives, and directs management studies to achieve improvements. Coordinates closely with the Smithsonian central offices, USPS and GSA on building operations, visitor services and support functions.

4. Plans, directs and is deeply engaged in effective fundraising initiatives to support NPM programs and operations. Efforts include defining projects requiring funding, prioritizing needs, determining potential sources of money (corporate, private, foundation or governmental), and matching the Museum’s needs with the appropriate donors. Oversees and participates in formulating proposals, making approaches, and cultivating donors and works closely with the Coordinating Committee, Museum Advisory Council, and Council of Philatelists in doing so as appropriate. Plans and participates in the Smithsonian’s current national campaign, coordinates efforts with appropriate Smithsonian leadership and offices, and pursues strategies to meet the NPM campaign goal.

5. Develops and implements criteria for acquisition of items into the collection, actively understands and engages with leading philatelists and acts opportunistically to obtain nationally-significant items through gift and purchase for the permanent collection. Seeks advice and support of Coordinating Committee, Museum Advisory Council, and Council of Philatelists regarding proposed acquisitions.

6. Oversees the development, justification, presentation, allocation, execution and control of the annual operating budget for the Museum. Develops budget projections that reflect long-range planning for new and ongoing programs. Reviews budget justifications for and presentation of proposed budgets to the Smithsonian’s Office of Planning, Management and Budget, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congress.

7. Directs and coordinates the activities of the staff. Develops and implements operating policy, standards, and procedures to assure the continued high quality of staff performance. Develops and administers policies to achieve management objectives in such areas as staff development, labor management, employee relations, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity. Assures that subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their supervisory responsibilities. Reviews recommendations for personnel actions affecting key subordinates, and acts on major personnel problems referred. Initiates and directs major studies to improve organization, staffing, and operations.

8. Represents the NPM before various constituencies, the media and the general public. Provides leadership in raising the profile and public awareness of the Museum and in developing national constituencies to support the Museum and the Smithsonian.

9. Encourages, explores and develops joint programs in cooperation with other Smithsonian museums, research and educational organizations, the USPS, philatelic, postal history and industry organizations, universities, federal agencies, non-Smithsonian museums, and other appropriate institutions to further NPM’s mission. Assures NPM representation at national and international conferences and meetings, and on national and international committees. Provides expert advice and consultation to federal agencies, professional and other organizations.

10. Works closely with Smithsonian management, fellow directors and various leadership bodies to achieve the Smithsonian’s mission and to improve its effectiveness, efficiency and relevance. Attends high level Smithsonian policy meetings and conferences, making significant contributions to the development of Smithsonian policy and priorities. Participates in Congressional hearings on budget requests and other matters as required.

View full job description and apply online.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED AND KEY SELECTION CRITERIA/IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

The Director of the National Postal Museum will be knowledgeable about philately and postal history through either or both study and experience, and have a significant record of senior level professional leadership in a museum, cultural or educational institution or in the research and educational functions of an agency, business, or foundation. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in the field. In addition, he/she will ideally have the following experience, qualifications, and skills:

• LEADERSHIP . An accomplished professional with executive leadership experience, either within a museum or a comparable setting with a similarly complex organizational structure, culture, constituencies, and constraints. Must be able to clearly and compellingly articulate a viable, resonating vision that can attract widespread support, and also be comfortable in a large, complex organization that requires creative leadership and collaborative skills to function as both a leader and a collaborator in order to harness the diverse talent within NPM as well as among the Smithsonian’s diverse museums, research centers, and education units and other collegial institutions and organizations. Ability to facilitate the creation and execution of workable agendas within NPM as well as between NPM, various Smithsonian museums and centers and central administration. Exhibits strong listening, negotiation, and communication skills to resolve impasses and remove roadblocks as they arise so as to create the conditions that will allow the project managers to be successful and operate efficiently. Fosters unity, creativity, and innovation, combined with a willingness to take calculated risks, experiment, evaluate results, and adjust as needed. Prior exposure to and success working effectively within a public/private or quasi-governmental entity is a plus;

• PARTNERSHIP. Possesses both the entrepreneurial instincts and the pragmatic skills to define, coordinate and lead collaborative outreach efforts internally and with other museums, organizations and collaborators. Accomplished in engaging business and community leaders, and establishing alliances with other institutions throughout the U.S. and beyond;

• MANAGEMENT. A disciplined, strategic thinker who acts purposefully, collaboratively, and pragmatically to identify and take advantage of resources and opportunities to realize an organization’s fullest potential. Demonstrated experience implementing a strategic plan, evaluating its impact and refining it over time. Experience in managing a professional staff, and a complex, multi-source budget. Able to work effectively with coordinating committee and advisory boards, and partner with other organizations internally and externally to achieve concrete goals and objectives;

• FUNDRAISING. Ability to set fundraising priorities and strategies. Demonstrated fundraising success and acumen with initiating, developing, and stewarding relationships with board members, individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, and government funders;

• EXPERTISE . Knowledge of philately and/or the history of American postal operations, in either specializations as well in a broader context that illustrates a larger understanding of the American experience. Demonstrated ability to connect postal history contributions and/or philatelic themes to American endeavors in civic life, technology, business and innovation, environment, community life and national identity over time, as well as ties to events and themes in other nations or world areas. Orientation must demonstrate the candidate’s understanding of the American experience through postal history studies that explain the diverse contributions to American history; and philatelic studies toward understanding and valuing the cultures of diverse peoples and communities, both in America and worldwide. Ability to understand the NPM’s assets and distinctive capabilities and develop an intellectually coherent and articulate perspective that will attract funding, talent, and institutional partners;

• PROGRAMMATIC PROWESS . Experience and demonstrated results in well-presenting philately and/or postal history, its aesthetics, contributions, themes and issues through exhibitions, scholarly research, public programming, publications and digital means including websites, applications and social media. Ability to identify and analytically assess elements of NPM’s program, work collaboratively with staff, partners and supporters to prioritize, iteratively evaluate, and efficiently enact program plans with a view to serving constituencies, achieving optimal impact, enhancing NPM’s reputation and standing, and garnering support and critical acclaim;

• COMMUNICATION. Demonstrated success in developing communication strategies and personally articulate and effective in communicating institutional goals, priorities, and accomplishments in both private and public settings. Ability to serve as the external face of the Smithsonian and NPM, inspiring confidence in its capabilities and building its profile as a distinctive national asset and source of public understanding and programming.

SALARY $200,000 – $240,000

CONTACT
Suleyka Lozins
Smithsonian Institution | Office of Human Resources
Tel: 202.633.6334 | Fax: 202.312.2930 | LozinsS@si.edu

SUBMISSION: Please submit your resume and cover letter to ExecutiveResources@si.edu.

When crafting your cover letter and/or resume, please provide detailed information on your background and experience in the following areas: entrepreneurial instincts and coalition building; management; fundraising; and philately and/or postal history expertise, familiarity or interest

Museum Director Kane To Retire

[press release]
Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Director Allen Kane to Retire

allen_kane_captionAllen Kane, Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM) will be retiring in January 2017.  Allen became director of the NPM in 2002 after serving more than 30 years with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in a variety of senior leadership positions.  At the USPS, one of the accomplishments of which Allen is proudest was his management of the Gulf War Crisis Team, which ensured the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to US troops.

In his fourteen-year tenure at the Postal Museum, Allen has overseen many remarkable exhibitions and public programs while also making the museum a world-renowned research resource.  His most notable accomplishment was the development and opening of the William H. Gross Gallery in 2013, which doubled the size of the Museum and made the NPM the largest center for philately in the world.  During his tenure, the NPM exhibited many rarely seen and internationally famous stamps, as well as important collections such as the Benjamin Miller Collection and the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II.  He arranged for the long term loan of the U.S. Postmaster General’s collection and for the acquisition of the world’s rarest stamp, the British Guiana 1-Cent Magenta. The award-winning collections website Arago made its debut during Allen’s tenure, providing unprecedented access to the philately and postal history collections of the Museum and encouraging expert involvement in their curation. The NPM built on that participatory model in developing website features for acquiring oral histories of postal workers and for documenting the incredibly broad and robust mailing industry. Allen strongly encouraged research and educational programs with sister Smithsonian museums, readily welcomed school groups, initiated the building of the Byrne educational loft, and began the Maynard Sundman lecture series.

Most recently, Kane led a major research effort to tell the story of “America’s Mailing Industry,” partnering with mailing industry associations, the U.S. Postal Service and hundreds of companies in the industry. The research project launched as a virtual exhibition and will also include a physical exhibition at the museum in Washington, D.C.

Kane’s ability to run a cost-effective operation utilizing a large number of volunteers to supplement a small staff resulted in enormous progress for the museum, including unprecedented brand image and public relations outreach.

About the National Postal Museum:
NPM-exterior2The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, please call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at www.postalmuseum.si.edu.

The job posting for the position is here.

Barn Swallow envelope (U.S. 2017)

Updated April 3rd: The Scott Catalogue number for this issue is U696.

Updated February 12th: Here is the pictorial first-day cancel for this issue: It measures 2.88” x 1.46”.

Updated February 3rd:
On March 3, 2017, in Reno, NV, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Barn Swallow stamped envelope (Forever priced at 49 cents) plus a 12¢ surcharge.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates a favorite backyard bird with the issuance of the Barn Swallow stamped envelope. This stamped envelope features a large illustration of a barn swallow perching and a smaller illustration showing the bird in flight. The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) originally nested in caves. As man-made structures began to dot the North American landscape, barn swallows adapted by building their mud nests under the eaves of barns, houses, and bridges, thus becoming a familiar sight in farmyards. Barn swallows are acrobatic flyers, and a single bird can catch and consume thousands of insects in one day. Art director William J. Gicker designed the stamp with original art by Matthew Frey.

The WAG (water-activated gum) Barn Swallow (Forever) stamped envelopes will be available in the following formats only through Stamp Fulfillment Services at www.usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-782-6724:

  • #10 regular envelope (Item 291500)
  • #10 window envelope (Item 291600)
  • #9 regular envelope (Item 291100)
  • #9 window envelope (Item 291200)
  • #6-¾ regular envelope (item 280700)
  • #6-¾ window envelope (Item 280800)

The PSA (pressure-sensitive adhesive) Barn Swallow (Forever) stamped envelopes will be available in the following formats in the field and through Stamp Fulfillment Services:

  • #10 regular envelope (Item 291300)
  • #10 window envelope (Item 291400)
  • #9 regular envelope (Item 290900)
  • #9 window envelope (Item 291000)
  • #6¾ regular envelope (Item 280500)
  • #6¾ window envelope (Item 280600)

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 the new stamped envelopes at The Postal Store® website at http://www.usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
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 3, 2017.

There are 12 philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 291516 #10 Regular WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291616 #10 Window WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291116 #9 Regular WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291216 #9 Window WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 280716 #6¾ Regular WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 280816 #6¾ Window WAG First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291316 #10 Regular PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291416 #10 Window PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 290916 #9 Regular PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 291016 #9 Window PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 280516 #6¾ Regular PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73
  • 280616 #6¾ Window PSA First-Day Cover, $0.73

Technical Specifications (All):

Issue: Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever Stamped Envelope
Issue Date & City: March 3, 2017, Reno, NV 89510
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Designer: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Typographer: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Artist: Matthew Frey, Annapolis, MD
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint “USPS”
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Halm Jet EM4000
Folding Machine: W&D #527
Print Quantity: Fulfillment
Paper Type: 61# Postal Envelope, Block, Type III
Adhesive Type: Water-activated Gum
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Envelope Orientation: Horizontal
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 339 Green
Marginal Markings: FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL Logo • “THIS ENVELOPE IS RECYCLABLE AND MADE WITH 30% POST CONSUMER CONTENT” • Recycling Logo • © USPS 2016

Item Number: 291500
Format: #10 Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 9.5 x 4.125 in/241.30 x 104.78 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291600
Format: #10 Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 9.5 x 4.125 in/241.30 x 104.78 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291100
Format: #9 Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 8.875 x 3.875 in/225.43 x 98.43 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291200
Format: #9 Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 8.875 x 3.875 in/225.43 x 98.43 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 280700
Format: #6-¾ Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 6.50 x 3.625 in/165.10 x 92.08 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 280800
Format: #6-¾ Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 6.50 x 3.625 in/165.10 x 92.08 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291300
Format: #10 Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 9.5 x 4.125 in/241.30 x 104.78 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291400
Format: #10 Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 9.5 x 4.125 in/241.30 x 104.78 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 290900
Format: #9 Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 8.875 x 3.875 in/225.43 x 98.43 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 291000
Format: #9 Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 8.875 x 3.875 in/225.43 x 98.43 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 280500
Format: #6¾ Regular Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 6.50 x 3.625 in/165.10 x 92.08 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Item Number: 280600
Format: #6¾ Window Envelope
Envelope Size: (w x h): 6.50 x 3.625 in/165.10 x 92.08 mm
Image Size (w x h): 1.906 x 1.263 in/48.41 x 32.08 mm

Updated January 5th: This envelope will be issued March 3rd in Reno, Nevada, at AmeriStamp Expo.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_barnswallowThe Postal Service celebrates a favorite backyard bird on this Barn Swallow stamped envelope. It features a large illustration of a barn swallow perching and a smaller illustration above it, showing the bird in flight. The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) originally nested in caves. As man-made structures began to dot the North American landscape, barn swallows adapted by building their mud nests under the eaves of barns, houses and bridges. Barn swallows are acrobatic flyers, and a single bird can catch and consume thousands of insects in one day. Art director William J. Gicker designed the stamp with original art by Matthew Frey.

California Dogface Butterfly (U.S. 2017)

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_califdogfaceThe California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements. The stamp is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface (Zerene eurydice) — named for the forewing markings of the male butterfly, which bear a pattern that resembles a poodle head in profile. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for additional postage or the use of a butterfly stamp. Tom Engeman created the stamp and art director Derry Noyes designed it.

VSC: Why would there be another non-denominated Butterfly stamp so soon after the issuance of this week’s [September 24, 2016] Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly stamp? Even if the non-machineable rate changes, the stamp design would not need to change.

USPS: The California Dogface Butterfly has been announced as a 2017 issuance. It could be issued whenever need demands during the calendar year, even if that need is much later in the year.

Seashells (U.S. 2017)

Updated March 11th: The Scott catalogue numbers for this issue are

  • 5163 (34¢) Queen Conch shell, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾
  • 5164 (34¢) Pacific Calico Scallop shell, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾
  • 5165 (34¢) Alphabet Cone shell, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾
  • 5166 (34¢) Zebra Nerite shell, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾
  • a. Horiz. or vert. strip of 4, #5163-5166
  • 5167 (34¢) Alphabet Cone shell coil stamp, serpentine die cut 9¾ vert.
  • 5168 (34¢) Zebra Nerite shell coil stamp, serpentine die cut 9¾ vert.
  • 5169 (34¢) Queen Conch shell coil stamp, serpentine die cut 9¾ vert.
  • 5170 (34¢) Pacific Calico Scallop shell coil stamp, serpentine die cut 9¾ vert.
  • a. Horiz. strip of 4, #5167-5170

Updated January 27th: Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.87″ x 1.14″.

Updated December 22nd: Postal Bulletin

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.

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 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.

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.

Technical Specifications:

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

Technical Specifications:

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

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_seashellsFour new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts an 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. 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.

Uncle Sam’s Hat (U.S. 2017)

Updated April 2nd: The Scott Catalogue number for this issue is 5174. The Scott editors calling this issue “People Wearing Uncle Sam’s Hats.”

Updated February 3rd: The Postal Bulletin says “Press sheets were not issued for Uncle Sam’s Hat; therefore, the dimensions were listed in error.” Accordingly, we have removed them from the VSC listing below.

Updated January 30, 2017: Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: This postmark measures 2.84” x 1.33”. Keep in mind that, despite the illustration, you only need an additional 28¢ postage for first day covers of this issue.

Note that the above name, “Uncle Sam’s Hat,” is the official USPS name for this issue.

From the USPS:

On February 18, 2017, in Mesa, AZ, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Uncle Sam’s Hat additional ounce rate stamp (Nondenominated priced at 21 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 119700).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 18, 2017.

With the release of Uncle Sam’s Hat in 2017, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates one of our country’s most popular patriotic characters. The stamp features eight graphic top hats in Uncle Sam’s signature style, with red and white vertical stripes above a blue band with a white star and a gray brim. Beneath each hat is an oval shape representing a face, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

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 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 – Uncle Sam’s Hat 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 18, 2017.

There is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:

  • 119716 First-Day Cover, $1.14

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Uncle Sam’s Hat Stamp
Item Number: 119700
Denomination & Type of Issue: Additional Ounce Rate Nondenominated, Mail Use
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 18, 2017, Mesa, AZ 85201
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
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: 100,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Cool Gray 7/Gray, PMS 7687/Blue, PMS 7621/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/22.10 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 seven (7) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (119700) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Updated January 5th: The USPS confirms that the stamp will be issued in Mesa on February 18th, presumably with a first-day ceremony at Aripex.

Updated December 29th, 2016: There is a report that this stamp will be issued at the Aripex show in Mesa, Arizona, February 17-19. We do not yet have confirmation.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_unclesamhatWith the release of Uncle Sam’s Hat in 2017, the Postal Service celebrates one of the country’s most popular patriotic characters. Known especially for his large top hat decorated in varying patterns of stars and stripes, Uncle Sam has represented the bravery and fortitude of the American spirit for more than 150 years. The stamp features eight graphic top hats in Uncle Sam’s signature style. Red and white vertical stripes extend above a blue band with a white star and a gray brim. Beneath each hat is an oval shape representing a face, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

Delicioso (U.S. 2017)

Updated March 28th: The Digital Color Postmark design for this issue is: It measures 2.97″x1.23″.

Updated March 27th: [USPS media advisory]
Postal Service Celebrating Latin American Cuisine With Issuance of New Delicioso Forever Stamps
Dedication Ceremony to be Held at National Hispanic Cultural Center

What:
With the issuance of the new Delicioso Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine.

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

Where:
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Background: The Delicioso stamp dedication ceremony is being held in conjunction with Salud y Sabor and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event is a free evening of food, art and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles and culture.
The Delicioso stamps feature bright and playful illustrations of tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. The booklets include four of the tamales and flan designs and three of each of the other designs. The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each mouthwatering image. Each illustration was created by applying multiple layers of acrylic paint to textured boards, using sandpaper to reveal the hidden layers and give the designs a worn, vintage look.

Artist John Parra designed the stamp artwork under the direction of Antonio Alcal´a;.

The Delicioso stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DeliciosoForever.

Updated March 16th: from the Postal Bulletin
On April 20, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Delicioso stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents), in 6 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 672700). The stamps will go on sale nationwide April 20, 2017.

With the release of the new Delicioso Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the influence of Central and South American, Mexican, and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine. This booklet of 20 stamps features six dishes from a variety of Latin American culinary traditions that have found new life and variations in the United States. Each stamp showcases a bright and playful illustration of one of the following dishes: tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each mouthwatering image. Artist John Parra designed the stamp artwork under the direction of Antonio Alcalá.

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 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 – Delicioso
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 June 20, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 672706 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $78.40
  • 672710, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $19.95
  • 672716 First-Day Cover set of 6, $5.58
  • 672721 Digital Color Postmark set of 6, $9.84
  • 672730 Ceremony Program, $6.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Delicioso Stamps
Item Number: 672700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail, Forever
Format: Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (6 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: April 20, 2017, Albuquerque, NM
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: John Parra, Jamaica, NY
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Artist: John Parra, Jamaica, 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 Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 200,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.05 x .77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 1.19 x .91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 2.375 x 5.743 in/60.33 x 145.87 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 9.5 x 11.486 in./ 241.30 x 291.74 mm
Colors: PMS Cool Gray 8/Gray, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 800 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: Cover: “Delicioso” • Twenty First Class Forever Stamps • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • © 2016 • USPS in peel strip area • Promotional Text in peel strip area

Updated March 13th: The USPS says these stamps will be issued April 20 in Albuquerque, NM.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_deliciosoWith the release of the new Delicioso Forever stamps, the Postal Service celebrates the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods on American cuisine. This booklet of 20 stamps features six dishes from an array of Latin American culinary traditions that have found new life and variations in the United States. Each stamp showcases a bright and playful illustration of one of the following dishes: tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche. The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each image. Artist John Parra designed the stamps under the direction of Antonio Alcalá.

John F. Kennedy (U.S. 2017)

Updated April 2nd: The Scott Catalogue number for this issue is 5175.

Updated February 7th: From the Spellman Philatelic Museum: “A dedication ceremony will be held at the JFK Library on Monday, February 20. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. U.S. Senator Edward Markey will be the featured speaker.”

From the JFK Library: “The US Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor. The 10 a.m. ceremony will launch the Forever stamp, making the First-Day-of-Issue Stamp exclusively available at the Presidents’ Day Family Festival on February 20 and available nationwide in Post Offices starting on February 21. The dedication ceremony is free and open tot he public. Registration is encouraged at usps.com/jfk.”

Updated January 18th:
On February 20, 2017, in Boston, MA, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the John Fitzgerald Kennedy First-Class Mail stamp (Forever priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 474600).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 20, 2017.

This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. The stamp art features a photograph of Kennedy taken by Ted Spiegel in 1960. The selvage art, showing President Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House/White House Historical Association). Art director Derry Noyes designed the issuance.

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 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 – John Fitzgerald Kennedy 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 20, 2017.

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 474606 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $47.04
  • 474610 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $13.95
  • 474616 First-Day Cover, $0.93
  • 474621 Digital Color Postmark, $1.64
  • 474624 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 474630 Ceremony Program, $6.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Stamp
Item Number: 474600
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 12 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 20, 2017, Boston, MA 02205
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Photo: Ted Spiegel, Fishkill, NY
Existing Art: Aaron Shikler
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: 84,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Custom/Light Brown, Custom/Dark Brown
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.09 x 1.42 in/27.69 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.23 x 1.56 in/31.24 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 9.35 x 6.47 in/237.49 x 164.34 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 19.60 x 26.247 in/497.84 x 666.67 mm
Plate Size: 96 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by two (2) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: “John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963” • Plate number in two corners
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram •
Barcode (474600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Updated January 9th: additional details, illustration of pane
[press release]
JFK Forever Stamp to be Dedicated on Presidents Day
February 20 Ceremony at Presidential Library

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The 10 a.m. February 20 Presidents Day ceremony, free and open to the public, will kick off the 6th Annual Presidents Day Family Festival. There is a fee to enter the library and museum to attend the festival. Children 17 years old and under are free.

The stamp features a 1960 photograph by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle. The artwork accompanying the stamp, showing Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House / White House Historical Association). The Forever stamp, available only at the event on Presidents’ Day, will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21. In late January, customers may pre-order the stamps for delivery after February 21 at usps.com/shop. The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #JFKStamps.

“Our family is honored that the Postal Service is commemorating my grandfather with this stamp,” said Jack Schlossberg, grandson of John F. Kennedy. “As we mark the centennial of his birth, we hope that the stamp will be an enduring symbol of President Kennedy’s call for service, innovation, and inclusion, and his belief that we each have the power to make this world a better place.”

Kennedy’s Legacy
Born May 29, 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. He remains for many a captivating and charismatic personality — one who appealed to the nation’s higher ideals and inspired young Americans to engage in public service.

On January 20, 1961, Kennedy, at age 43, became the nation’s first Catholic president and the youngest person elected to the presidency. In his Inaugural Address, he famously called upon Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

In the early months of his administration, Kennedy announced his signature initiative, the Peace Corps, to aid people in developing nations. In May 1961, Kennedy announced the bold goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade, setting the nation on the path toward achieving the historic Moon landing in 1969.

During the height of the Cold War, Kennedy confronted the Soviet Union in a series of conflicts that could have escalated into a major war. During the summer of 1961, for example, he defended the status of West Berlin, a small pocket of freedom within Soviet-supported East Germany, when it came under threat from Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Kennedy opposed Khrushchev again in the fall of 1962 after Soviet forces installed nuclear missiles in Cuba. Against the urging of his military advisers to bomb the missile sites, Kennedy decided on a naval quarantine to prevent further shipments of military equipment to Cuba. After suspenseful days in which war appeared imminent, Soviet ships heading to Cuba turned back, and Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles.

On June 11, 1963, Kennedy made an impassioned speech on civil rights that characterized the unequal status and treatment of blacks in America as a moral crisis. He then submitted a bill to end racial segregation, which in substance was passed after his death as the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. His death at age 46 left the nation grief-stricken, all the more so because of the unrealized potential of his presidency. Updated January 5th: The USPS confirms that this stamp will be issued February 20th, with Boston as the first-day city.

Updated December 19th, 2016: The JFK Library is reporting that this stamp will be issued on President’s Day, Monday, February 20th. The location was not specified. There is no confirmation yet from the USPS.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_jfkcentennialThis stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. The stamp art features a photograph of Kennedy taken by Ted Spiegel in 1960. Kennedy remains for many a captivating and charismatic personality — one who appealed to the nation’s higher ideals and inspired young Americans to engage in public service. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

VSC: The JFK stamp design appears to be a definitive or “special” stamp, rather than a commemorative. Is that correct?

USPS: JFK is actually a semi-jumbo stamp. Semi-jumbo has a similar aspect ratio to our “special” sized stamps, but is proportionally larger.