Stamp Announcement 13-12: Rosa Parks Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-12: Rosa Parks Stamp

On February 4, 2013, in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, the Postal Service™ will issue a Rosa Parks commemorative First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 470400).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 4, 2013.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement after refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. The stamp art, an original painting of Parks, emphasizes her quiet determination and pleasant persona. Working with art director Derry Noyes, artist Thomas Blackshear II created the stamp art. The stamp is one of a Civil Rights Set being issued in 2013. The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is also part of this set.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 470400, Rosa Parks Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 46 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Rosa Parks stamps. 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 Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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, 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:

Rosa Parks Stamp
1401 W. For Street
Detroit, MI 48233-9998

Rosa Parks Stamp
3800 Greenfield Road
Dearborn, MI 48120-9998

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 April 4, 2013.

Guidelines for Finalizing Rosa Parks Pictorial Postmark Art


Finalizing Rosa Parks Pictorial Postmark Art

Finalizing Rosa Parks Pictorial Postmark Art



To finalize the Rosa Parks 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.

The Postal Service must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services 4 weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service 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, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 470406*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $92.00. (print quantity of 2,500).

n 470408*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $92.00. (print quantity of 2,500).

n 470410*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $10.95.

n 470416*, First-Day Cover (Detroit), $0.90.

n 470417*, First-Day Cover (Dearborn), $0.90.

n 470421*, Digital Color Postmark (Detroit), $1.61.

n 470422*, Digital Color Postmark (Dearborn), $1.61.

n 470430*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 470431*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 470432*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $1.96.

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.



Rosa Parks Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Civil Rights

Issue Date & City:

February 4, 2013, Detroit, MI 48120 & Dearborn, MI 48233


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Thomas Blackshear II, Colorado Springs, CO




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

63 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, 5565 (Gray-Green)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

6.75 x 7.25 in./171.45 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Side Header: “COURAGE” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (470400) in upper right & lower left corners of pane Promotional text Short biography of Rosa Parks Proprietary notice