Updated June 10th:
On July 12, 2017, in Chadds Ford, PA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Andrew Wyeth stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in twelve designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 475000). The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 12, 2017.
This pane of stamps celebrates the centennial of the birth of Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century. Working in a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Wyeth created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life, a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation.
This issuance includes 12 stamps that feature a detail of a different Andrew Wyeth painting. The paintings are: “Wind from the Sea” (1947), “Big Room” (1988), “Christina’s World” (1948), “Alvaro and Christina” (1968), “Frostbitten” (1962), “Sailor’s Valentine” (1985), “Soaring” (1942–1950), “North Light” (1984), “Spring Fed” (1967), “The Carry” (2003), “Young Bull” (1960), and “My Studio” (1974). The selvage shows a photograph of Wyeth from the 1930s. Art director Derry Noyes designed the pane.
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 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 – Andrew Wyeth Stamps
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 September 12, 2017.
Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:
- 475006 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $52.92
- 475010 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $13.95
- 475016 First-Day Cover (set of 12), $11.16
- 475021 Digital Color Postmark (set of 12), $19.68
- 475024 Framed Art, $39.95
- 475030 Ceremony Program, $6.95
- 475033 Panel, $17.95
Issue: Andrew Wyeth Stamps
Item Number: 475000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail, Forever
Format: Pane of 12 (12 designs)
Issue Date & City: July 12, 2017, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 12
Print Quantity: 25,200,000 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: 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): 8.12 x 6.72 in/206.25 x 170.69 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 20.41 x 25.24 in/518.41 x 640.97 mm
Plate Size: 108 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Front: Plate number in two locations • Header: ANDREW WYETH – artist 1917-2009
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (475000) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text
Updated March 13th: The USPS confirms these stamps will be issued July 12th in Chadds Ford, PA.
Updated November 29th, 2016: The American Philatelic Society and Art Fix Daily report these stamps will be issued July 12th at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa., south of Philadelphia.
According to Art Fix Daily, the 12 stamps show details of the following paintings:
- Alvaro and Christina, 1968
- Big Room, 1988
- The Carry, 2003
- Christina’s World, 1948
- Frostbitten, 1962
- North Light, 1984
- Sailor’s Valentine, 1985
- Soaring, 1942-50
- Spring Fed, 1967
- My Studio, 1974
- Wind from the Sea, 1947
- Young Bull, 1960
“The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, on view on view from June 24 through September 17 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s,” says Art Fix Daily. “The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes over 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.” The exhibition will be shown in Seattle in October.
From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:
Mastering a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life — a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation. Finding endless inspiration both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and in rural Maine, he scrutinized the lives, houses and personal belongings of people around him, sometimes painting their portraits but just as often using objects and places to represent them. 2017 is the centennial of Wyeth’s birth. With subtle symbolism and eerie implications, his work invites us to reinterpret his personal vision. Derry Noyes art directed and designed this pane of 12 stamps.
The USPS revised the design image for this issue on November 23rd: