Stamp Announcement 11-38: Edward Hopper

Stamp Announcement 11-38: Edward Hopper

On August 24, 2011, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Postal Service™ will issue an Edward Hopper com­memorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 467600).

With the issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® showcases Edward Hopper’s beautiful, sunlit painting The Long Leg. The work’s title refers to sailing; a leg is one part of an alter­nating, zigzagging series of short and long tacks. The Long Leg, painted in oil on canvas around 1930, depicts a boat sailing against the wind near Provincetown, Massachu­setts. The work is in the collection of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, California. The painting has been cropped for use in the stamp art designed by art director Derry Noyes.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 24, 2011.

Distribution: Item 467600, First-Class Mail® Edward Hopper (Forever priced at 44 cents), 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 subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before August 12, 2011.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 467600 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring additional com­memorative sheets must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. For fulfilling supplemental orders from Post Offices, all SDOs and SDCs will receive addi­tional commemorative sheets.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp for a minimum of 90 days from the first day of issue, and beyond that as long as cus­tomer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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.

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:

Edward Hopper Stamp
Provincetown MA 02657-9998

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 October 24, 2011.

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 467661*, First Day Cover, $0.88.

n 467665*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 467691*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 467699*, Cancellation Keepsake (Digital Color Post­mark w/Pane), $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.



Edward Hopper

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (one design)


American Treasures

Issue Date & City:

August 24, 2011, Provincetown, MA 02657


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Art:

Edward Hopper




Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, (7456) Blue

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 6.30 in./184.15 x 160.02 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “AMERICAN TREASURES EDWARD HOPPER” Tenth in a series at bottom on pane Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2008 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (467600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane