Love Skywriting (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 4th: New FDC mail-in address for non-dealers:

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

Updated December 9th: Here is the Digital Color Postmark for this issue: It measures 3.0″ x 1.5″.

Updated December 9th:
[press release]
Love Skywriting Forever Stamp Dedication Includes Skywriting Demo at Chino, CA, Air Museum

WHAT: First Day of Issue ceremony for the Love Skywriting Forever Stamp that will include a skywriting demo to replicate the stamp image.

WHO: USPS Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams
Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Operation Gratitude Chris Clark
Skytypers President Stephen Stinis
Skytypers CEO and Squadron Commander Greg Stinis (skywriter pilot)
Planes of Fame Aviation Historian and Air Museum Moderator Kevin Thompson

WHEN: Sat., Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.  (Free admission to the first 300 attendees)

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Ave. #17
Chino, CA 91710

BACKGROUND:  The 10 a.m. program will begin with a discussion about a World War II Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and how it was used for mail delivery during the war followed by the skywriting demonstration at noon.

The Love Skywriting stamp will add a sweet, romantic touch to letters and cards, not only on Valentine’s Day, but all year round. The stamp art depicts the word “Love” written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. Louise Fili of New York City designed the stamp, illustrated by Jessica Hische of San Francisco. Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, was the art director.

Note: If the weather becomes an issue, the skywriting demo will take place the next day.

From the Postal Bulletin:

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

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

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

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:

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

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

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 561606 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20
  • 561610 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95
  • 561616 First-Day Cover, $0.91
  • 561621 Digital Color Postmark, $1.62
  • 561624 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 561630 Ceremony Program, $6.95

Technical Specifications:

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

Updated December 7th:

This stamp will be issued Saturday, January 7th, at the Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport in California. More details should be released shortly.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_2017loveThis stamp is a continuation of the Postal Service tradition of creating stamps that celebrate love. The Love Skywriting stamp will add a sweet, romantic touch to your letters and cards, not only on Valentine’s Day, but year-round. The stamp depicts the word “Love” written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail. Louise Fili designed the stamp, which was illustrated by Jessica Hische. Derry Noyes was the art director.

6 thoughts on “Love Skywriting (U.S. 2017)

  1. From the 8 DEC 2016 Postal Bulletin: USPS Item 5616xx
    #04 PSA Pane of 20 $9.40
    #10 Keepsake 11.95 ( 93c surcharge )
    #16 FDC 91c
    #21 DCP $1.62
    The Stamp WILL BE on automatic/Push Distribution.

    Chino Airport is a private field near the Ontario International Airport, which has regular Passenger service. ( If you have your own plane, or can afford a Charter Flite, then it doesn’t matter. )

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