Dorothy Height (U.S. 2017)

Updated March 11th: The Scott catalogue number for this issue is 5171.

Updated February 1st, 2017:
Here is the design for the Diigital Color Postmark: It measures 2.95” x 1.45.

Updated January 5th, 2017:
On February 1, 2017, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Dorothy Height stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 474300).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 1, 2017.

The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes 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.

Special Dedication Postmarks
Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Dorothy Height stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station. 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 – Dorothy Height
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 1, 2017.

There are seven philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 474306 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $58.80
  • 474310 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95
  • 474316 First-Day Cover, $0.93
  • 474321 Digital Color Postmark, $1.64
  • 474324 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 474330 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 474334 Stamp Ceremony Memento, $21.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Dorothy Height Stamp
Item Number: 474300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Black Heritage
Issue Date & City: February 1, 2017, Washington, DC 20066
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Artist: Thomas Blackshear II,
Colorado Springs, CO
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: 35,000,000 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: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): .84 x 1.42 in/21.34 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): .98 x 1.56 in/24.89 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.00 x 8.50 in/152.40 x 215.90 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 12.00 x 25.75 in/304.80 x 654.05 mm
Plate Size: 240 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: “BLACK HERITAGE, Celebrating Dorothy Height, 40th IN A SERIES
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (474300) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated January 4th, 2016:
[press release]
Postal Service to Honor Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height

What:
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2017 Black History Month observance with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever stamp, 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series.

Who:

  • Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, United States Postal Service
  • Congressman John Lewis
  • Alexis Herman, president, Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation
  • Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, National Council of Negro Women
  • Naima Randolph, Dorothy Height’s great niece
  • Derry Noyes, art director
  • Bishop Vashti McKenzie, bishop of the African American Episcopal Church

When:
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. ET)

Where:

Howard University
Cramton Auditorium
2455 Sixth Street
Washington, DC 20059

(NOTE: This ceremony is free and open to the public. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. To obtain a free ticket, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Background:
The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Updated December 13th, 2016: From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_height1The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912-2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

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