Updated June 5th:The Scott catalogue numbers for this issue are:
5196 Chile Relleno
a. Block of 6, #5192-5197
b. Convertible booklet pane of 20, 4 each #5192-5193, 3 each #5194-5197
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
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.
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
Issue: Delicioso Stamps
Item Number: 672700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail, Forever
Format: Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (6 designs)
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:
With 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.