Stamp Announcement 08-15: Edward Trudeau

76-cent, definitive stamp, Edward Trudeau

On May 12, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 76-cent, definitive stamp, Edward Trudeau, in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 110200). The stamp, designed by Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, goes on sale nationwide May 12, 2008.

The 11th issuance in the Distinguished Americans series honors Phthisiologist Edward Trudeau. Mark Summers of Waterdown, Canada, created the portrait on the stamp. As a reference, he used a photograph of Dr. Trudeau provided by the American Lung Association.


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™, 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:

special cancellations
PO BOX 92282
WASHINGTON DC 20090-9998

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 July 11, 2008.




Edward Trudeau

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

76-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Distinguished Americans

Issue Date & City:

May 12, 2008,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA

Art Director:

Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Mark Summers, Waterdown,




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-Size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III,
Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x .84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x .98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© USPS 2008 • Plate position
diagram • Price • Plate numbers


USPS logo • Two barcodes

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:

An item 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.

Distribution: Item 110200, 76-cent (3-ounce Rate) Edward Trudeau, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Initially, stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approximately 30 percent to 35 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distributions, which begin shipment May 1, 2008, will com­plete shipment May 7, 2008. 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 110200 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 May 6, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 110200 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 2,880,000 additional stamps. The Denver APD will receive 960,000 additional stamps.

The Kansas City SSC will receive 1,680,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.

As needed, additional quantities of this definitive stamp will also be made available to SDOs via future automatic distributions shipped directly from supplier to SDOs.