Stamp Announcement 09-27: Bob Hope


Bob Hope 44-cent stamp

On May 29, 2009, in San Diego, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent Bob Hope commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 464600). Designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, the stamp goes on sale nation­wide May 29, 2009.

The U.S. Postal Service® will issue a commemorative stamp honoring Bob Hope (1903–2003), a man who devoted his life to making people laugh. Well-known for his many television appearances, Hope also found success on the live stage, in radio shows, and in motion pictures. He became one of the most honored and beloved performers of the 20th century.

The stamp portrait by artist Kazuhiko Sano, Mill Valley, California, is based on an image of Hope © NBCU Photo Bank. Sano’s previous works for the Postal Service included the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stamp in the Literary Arts series (2007) and the Frank Sinatra stamp (2008).



Bob Hope

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date:

May 29, 2009, San Diego, CA


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Kazuhiko Sano, Mill Valley, CA




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Ashton Potter Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A 76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.474 x 7.169 in./215.24 x
182.09 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “BOB HOPE — Thanks for
the Memory” • Plate block
numbers in two positions


© 2008 USPS • USPS logo • Price
• Plate position diagram
• Proprietary notice
• Biographical text behind each

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, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. 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:

Bob Hope Stamp
PO Box 85530
San Diego, CA 92186-5530

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. All orders must be postmarked by July 30, 2009.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Bob Hope stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Bob Hope Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art


Bob Hope pictorial postmarkTo finalize the Bob Hope stamp pic­torial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP™ Code of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3 1/2 inches by 1.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are five philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 464661*, First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 464665*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.50.

n 464684*, Uncut Press Sheet, $79.20.

n 464691*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 464699, Cancellation Keepsake w/ Digital Color Postmark, $10.30.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Distribution: Item 464600, 44-cent Bob Hope, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 100 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane. SDO distributions, which began March 25, 2009, will be complete by April 29, 2009. Distri­butions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices for a full standard automatic distribution quan­tity for panes using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute these booklets to Post Offices before May 22, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional booklets must requisi­tion them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional booklets must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Memphis, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco APDs will each receive additional booklets. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional booklets for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.