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Stamp Announcement 16-23: Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-23: Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps

On June 30, 2016, in Nashville, TN, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue Soda Fountain Favorites stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) convertible booklet of 20 stamps (Item 680800).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 30, 2016.

In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates soda fountain favorites — the cold, sweet treats beloved by people of all ages. This First-Class Mail® Forever booklet of 20 stamps features five different illustrations: a double-scoop ice cream cone, an egg cream, a banana split, a root beer float, and a hot fudge sundae. The geometric silver-toned patterns in the selvage and on the booklet cover evoke a classic chrome-accented soda fountain. The words “Soda Fountain Favorites” appear across the top of the booklet cover. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps, with illustrations by Nancy Stahl.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 680800, $9.40 Soda Fountain Favorites (Forever priced at 47 cents) Convertible Booklet of 20 stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. 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:

Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps
Metro Station Post Office
2245 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37228-9998

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 up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 30, 2016.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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 six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 680806, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20
(print quantity 800).

n 680810*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $17.95.

n 680816*, First-Day Cover (set of 5), $4.55.

n 680821*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 5), $8.10.

n 680824*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 680830*, Ceremony Program (random stamp), $6.95.

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.



Soda Fountain Favorites Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Convertible Booklet of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 30, 2016, Nashville, TN 37228

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Nancy Stahl, New York, NY


Nancy Stahl, New York, NY


Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:

Horizontal, Vertical

Image Area (w x h):

1.68 x 1.05 in.⁄42.67 x 26.67 mm

0.77 x 1.05 in⁄19.56 x 26.67 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.82 x 1.19 in.⁄46.23 x 30.23 mm

0.91 x 1.19 in⁄23.11 x 30.23

Booklet Size (w x h):

5.88 x 5.43 in.⁄149.35 x 137.92 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.11 x 23.52 in.⁄282.19 x 597.41 mm


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 7510⁄Gold

Plate Size:

320 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:

• Plate numbers in peel strip area
• © 2015 USPS • USPS logo in peel strip area • Promotional text • Barcode