Stamp Announcement 10-16: Oscar Micheaux

Stamp Announcement 10-16: Oscar Micheaux

On June 22, 2010, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent, Oscar Micheaux commem­orative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 464900). The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, goes on sale nationwide June 22, 2010.

The 33rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors pio­neering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. An ambitious, larger-than-life figure, Micheaux thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. Micheaux’s entrepreneurial spirit and independent vision continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers and artists.

The stamp features a stylized portrait of Oscar Micheaux by artist Gary Kelley, Cedar Falls, Iowa. The art­work is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel, The Conquest.



Oscar Micheaux

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Black Heritage

Issue Date & City:

June 22, 2010, New York, NY 10199


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Gary Kelley, Cedar Falls, IA




Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.99 x 1.56 in./25.15 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.85 x 7.25 in./148.59 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “BLACK HERITAGE 33rd IN A SERIES” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2009 USPS USPS logo Barcode “464900” in two corners of pane Price: “.44 x 20 = $8.80” Plate position diagram Short paragraph about Oscar Micheaux on back of stamp

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™ facility, 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:

Oscar Micheaux Stamp
421 Eighth Avenue, Rm. 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998

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 August 23, 2010.

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

With this stamp and cultural diary page, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. The diary page comes with a maxi card with the Oscar Micheaux stamp affixed and can­celled, plus a pane of 20 stamps (Item 464976, $13.95).

Philatelic Product - Oscar Micheaux, diary page maxi card with stamp affixed and cancelled

There are three other philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 464961*, First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 464991*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 464993, Cancellation Keepsake, $9.95.

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 464900, 44-cent Oscar Micheaux PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive approximately 50 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/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of 25 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 June 8, 2010.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 464900 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional com­memorative sheets must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Kansas City, Dulles, Atlanta, Binghamton, Phoenix, and Portland SDCs 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.