Stamp Announcement 07-23: Official Mail Stamp

Offical Mail Stamp

The Postal Service™ will issue a 41-cent Official Mail definitive stamp in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 100 stamps (Item 785400), on June 25, 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri. The stamp, designed by the late Bradbury Thompson, goes on sale nationwide June 25, 2007.

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. 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:

official mail stamp
DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

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 24, 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



Official Mail

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

41-cent, Official


Coil of 100 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 25, 2007,
Kansas City, MO 64108
(no ceremony)




Bradbury Thompson


Bradbury Thompson

Art Director:

Joe Brockert, USPS


Donald H. Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprinting “USPS”


Sennett Security Products/
Banknote Corporation of
America, Inc. (SSP/BCA)

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per coil:


Print Quantity:

5 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


PMS 286 (Blue), PMS 186 (Red),

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.72 x 0.81 in./18.29 x 20.57 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.96 in./22.10 x 24.38 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):


Plate Size:

682 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by three (3) single
digits, every 31 stamps

Coil Back Number


Marginal Markings:


in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling at 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 785461, First Day Cover, $0.79.

Distribution: Item 785400, $41.00 Official (Penalty) Mail WAG Coil of 100

Only the Chicago, IL, accountable paper depository (APD), which is the sole distribution unit designated to accept penalty mail requisitions from authorized govern­ment agencies, will receive an automatic distribution of Item 785400. Only the Chicago APD may distribute the new official mail envelope to authorized government agencies that submit PS Form 17-G, Penalty Mail Stamp Requisition. The coils must not be distributed to government agencies before June 20, 2007.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

This official mail coil will not be made available at regular retail windows for customer sale. Authorized government agencies must submit PS Form 17-G to the Chicago APD for Penalty Mail envelope fulfillment.

Philatelic Requirement

This official mail coil will not be made available to phila­telic centers for customer sale. Only Stamp Fulfillment Services will offer this stamp for sale to collectors via mail order from the USA Philatelic catalog or by telephone at 800-STAMP-24.