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Ella Fitzgerald Stamp

Elle Fitzgerald stampThe Postal ServiceTM will issue a 39-cent Ella Fitzgerald commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure- sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 460700), on January 10, 2007, in New York, New York. The stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, will also be available at Post Offices nationwide on January 10, 2007.

With the 30th stamp in its Black Heritage series, the U.S. Postal Service honors Ella Fitzgerald, the expert singer who was widely known as "the first lady of song." Art director Ethel Kessler lauds the stamp portrait by illustrator Paul Davis, of New York, for the way it captures the joy and excitement of Fitzgerald's art.

How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps, only by mail order, from the USA Philatelic catalog or by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, and at The Postal Store Web site at 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:

NEW YORK NY 10199-9998

Issue: Ella Fitzgerald
Item Number: 460700
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

39-cent Commemorative
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Black Heritage
Issue Date & City: January 10, 2007,
New York, NY 10199
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist: Paul Davis, New York, NY
Engraver: N/A
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprinting, "USPS"
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Mueller Martini, A 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 150 million stamps
Paper Type: Prephosphored, Type II
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow,
PMS 115 (Yellow), PMS 550
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.84 x 1.42 in./31.336 x
36.068 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x
39.624 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.95 x 7.24 in./151.13 x
183.896 mm
Plate Size: 240 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "P" followed by six (6) single
Marginal Markings: blank
Stamp Side: 2006 USPS • Plate position
diagram • Header "BLACK
SERIES" • Price • Plate
numbers on four corners of
Back Side: Biographical text on back of each
stamp • Four barcodes • "Ella
Fitzgerald licensed by CMG
Worldwide, Indianapolis, IN."
• USPS logo

envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

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 March 10, 2007.

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:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are six philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

• Item 460720: Block of 4 - $1.56.

• Item 460730: Block of 10 - $3.90.

• Item 460740: Full Pane of 20 - $7.80.

• Item 460761: First Day Cover - $0.77.

• Item 460776: Diary Page w/Maxi Card and Pane - $12.95.

• Item 460793: Cancellation Keepsake - $8.57.

Distribution: Item 460700, 39-cent Ella Fitzgerald, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approximately 110 percent to 120 percent of their full standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post OfficesTM of their full standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before January 4, 2007.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisition Item 460700 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Chicago APD will receive 9,600,000 additional stamps; the New York, San Francisco, and Memphis APDs will each receive 7,200,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 1,520,000 additional stamps.

The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 19,200,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from the APDs.

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.

— Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 12-7-06