Stamp Announcement 07-18: Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase Smith

On June 13, 2007, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 58-cent (2-ounce rate) Margaret Chase Smith definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 102800). Designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, the stamp goes on sale nationwide June 13, 2007.

This eighth issuance in the Distinguished Americans series honors Margaret Chase Smith, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. Artist Mark Summers of Waterdown, Canada, created the portrait on the stamps. The artwork is based on a photograph by the Harris and Ewing studio, dated 1948.

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 at their local Post Office™, or at The Postal Store® Web site 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:

PO BOX 92282
WASHINGTON DC 20090-9998



Margaret Chase Smith

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

58-cent definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Distinguished Americans

Issue Date & City:

June 13, 2007,
Washington, DC 20066


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Mark Summers, Waterdown, Canada



Art Director:

Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.




Black, PMS 485 (Red)



Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.542 x 21.336 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.098 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in./135.890 x 125.222 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by three (3) single digits

Marginal Markings:

© 2006 USPS • Price • Header
Number 8 in a series” • Plate
Numbers on four corners of pane
• Plate Position Diagram
• Barcodes (102800) on four
corners on back of pane

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 August 12, 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 is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue: Item 102861, First Day Cover, $0.96.

Distribution: Item 102800, 58-cent (2-Ounce Rate) Margaret Chase Smith, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Initially, stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approximately 75 to 80 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distribu­tions, which begin shipping May 21, 2007, will be com­pleted May 28, 2007. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 102800 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before June 7, 2007.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 102800 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 Memphis, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco APDs will each receive 5,760,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 1,920,000 additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 11,520,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.

Additional quantities of this definitive stamp will also be made available to SDOs via subsequent automatic distri­butions shipped directly from the supplier to the SDOs.