Stamp Announcement 10-08: Bill Mauldin

Stamp Announcement 10-08: Bill Mauldin

On March 31, 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent, Bill Mauldin commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 466000). The stamp, designed by Ter­rence W. McCaffrey, USPS®, goes on sale nationwide March 31, 2010.

The U.S. Postal Service® honors Bill Mauldin, one of America’s favorite cartoonists. During World War II, military readers got a knowing laugh from Mauldin’s characters Willie and Joe, who gave their civilian audience an idea of what life was like for soldiers. After the war, Mauldin became a popular and influential editorial cartoonist.

U.S. Postal Service Art Director Terrence W. McCaffrey chose to honor Mauldin through a combination of photog­raphy and an example of Mauldin’s art. The photograph of Bill Mauldin is by John Phillips, a photographer for Life magazine; it was taken in Italy on December 31, 1943. Mauldin’s cartoon, showing characters Willie and Joe, is used courtesy of the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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:

Bill Mauldin Stamp

120 South Federal Place
Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998

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 May 31, 2010.



Bill Mauldin

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)

Issue Date & City:

March 31, 2010, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Art Director:

Terrence W. McCaffrey, USPS


Terrence W. McCaffrey, USPS




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x .84 in./36.07 x 21.34mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.95 in./183.90 x 151.13 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners


© 2009 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (466000) in two corners Price Verso text behind each stamp Proprietary notice

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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 466061*, First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 466065*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.50.

n 466091*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 466099*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $10.95.

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 466000, 44-cent Bill Mauldin, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 18–22 percent of their standard automatic distribu­tion quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of 15 percent of their standard automatic dis­tribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this commemora­tive sheet to Post Offices before March 22, 2010.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional commemorative sheets must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional commemora­tive sheets must order them from the appropriate account­able paper depository (APD) or stamp distribution center (SDC) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the New York APD, Dulles SDC, and Kansas City SDC will receive additional commemorative sheets.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.