African American Museum (U.S. 2017)

Updated August 30th: This stamp has been postponed until later in the year. The new date has not yet been announced.

Updated August 7th: Here are the first-day postmarks for this issue:

The Digital Color Postmark measures 3.0″ x 1.45″. The B&W “rubber-composition” (hand) cancel measures 2.30″ x 1.49″.

Updated August 3rd: From the Postal Bulletin, at long last, an issue date and details.

On September 24, 2017, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Celebrating African American History and Culture stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 474200). The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 24, 2017.

This issuance recognizes the richness of the black experience by celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Occupying a 5-acre site on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the museum is the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American life, art, history, and culture.

Text in the upper left corner of the stamp reads “National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

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 usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They 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 – Celebrating African American History and Culture 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 November 24, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 474206 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $88.20
  • 474210 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95
  • 474216 First-Day Cover, $0.93
  • 474221 Digital Color Postmark, $1.64
  • 474224 Framed Art, $29.95
  • 474230 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 474233 Panel, $10.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Celebrating African American History and Culture Stamp
Item Number: 474200
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail® Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: September 24, 2017, Washington, DC 20066
Designer: Antonio Alcalà, Alexandria, VA
Art Director: Antonio Alcalà, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalà, Alexandria, VA
Existing Photo: Alan Karchmer
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: 15,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
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): 7.24 x 7.50 in/183.90 x 190.5 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 21.72 x 22.50 in/551.69 x 571.5 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: Celebrating African American History and Culture • Plate numbers in two corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (474200) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_aframmuseum[Technically, “Celebrating African American History and Culture,”] this stamp celebrates the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Occupying a 5-acre site on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum is the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African-American life, art, history and culture. The stamp is based on a photograph of the museum by Alan Karchmer showing a view of the northwest corner of the building. Text in the upper left corner reads “National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

3 thoughts on “African American Museum (U.S. 2017)

  1. Can’t believe that the FDOI ceremony has been cancelled ! ! !
    And just because there were other ‘things’ going on to celebrate the Museum’s first anniversary ! ! !
    How many times has a stamp had its FDOI at a stamp show/expo – – – a place that, by its very nature, has a lot of ‘things’ going on ! ! !

    The first anniversary celebration is the perfectly logical choice to hold the ceremony. Any other time or place is chopped liver.

    Then again, the USPS didn’t issue the JFK commem on the anniversary of his birth (and, yes, they’ve held Sunday FDOIs before and since).
    Makes one wonder if the USPS is anti-actual-anniversary-date this year for some reason.

    • From Postal Bulletin 14 SEP 2017: Any post office that has received these via Push distribution is supposed to Sit on Them until a new release date is announced. Maybe this will be like the Valentines Day stamps that Could be sold as soon as they arrived, even though the First Day Ceremony was 14 FEB… Nah, that would be Reasonable and Prudent…
      I thought the idea was to Sell Stamps & Then Cancel Them without the items going into the mail stream, costing the USPS time & Labor & everything else involved with Delivery… If there were a group, even a large group, of people willing to shell-out the cash to do this, why move the time of the sale? The people aren’t going to wait… ( Unless they’re in the Army, or getting treatment from the VA … )

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