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Stamp Announcement 15-13: From Me to You Stamp

Stamp Announcement 15-13: From Me to You Stamp

On April 1, 2015, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the From Me to You First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 473000).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 1, 2015.

Celebrate keeping in touch with the new From Me To You stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. Twenty stamps in the center of the stamp pane are surrounded by self-adhe­sive labels and decals in bright jewel tones and primary colors to be used to embellish envelopes, letters, and greeting cards with a personal touch. Labels include such messages as “Happy Birthday,” “Miss You,” “Thank You,” and “Get Well Soon.” Decorative decals include hearts, envelopes, flowers, mailboxes, and a kiss (red lips). Michael Osborne designed the stamp pane and the typog­raphy. Ethel Kessler was the art director.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices — Item 473000, $9.80 From Me to You (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quan­tities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the web­site noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing the From Me to You Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

From Me To You blank

From Me To You filled

To finalize the From Me to You stamps 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 four weeks before the event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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:

From Me to You Stamp
Special Events
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by June 1, 2015.

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 eight philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 473006, Press Sheet with Die cut, $58.80, (print quantity 500).

n 473008, Press Sheet without Die cut, $58.80, (print quantity 1,500).

n 473010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95.

n 473016*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

n 473021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.64.

n 473030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 473031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 473032*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $1.99.

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.



From Me to You Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

April 1, 2015, Washington, DC 20066


Michael Osborne, Palo Alto, CA

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Michael Osborne, Palo Alto, CA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

45 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


PMS 638 C Blue, PMS 7440 C Purple, PMS 368 C Green,

PMS 3258 C Turquoise, PMS 1795 C Red, PMS 702 C Pink,

PMS 144 C Orange

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in./19.56 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.55 x 6.91 in./140.97 x 175.51 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.10 x 20.98 in./281.94 x 532.89 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in one corner of pane, 2015, Decorative Decals with

Friendly expressions


© 2014 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (473000)
in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text Vector artwork Verso Text