Stamp Announcement 08-25: Charles and Ray Eames

42-cent Charles & Ray Eames stamp pane.

On June 17, 2008, in Santa Monica, California, the Postal Service™ will issue 42-cent commemorative stamps Charles and Ray Eames in 16 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) commemorative sheet of 16 (Item 463000). Designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, the stamps go on sale nationwide June 17, 2008.

Honoring the husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames, this commemorative sheet of 16 stamps represents the breadth of their extraordinary body of cre­ative work, which includes architecture, furniture, film and exhibits.

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:

charles + ray eames Stamps

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 16, 2008.

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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

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.

Distribution: Item 463000, $6.72, Charles and Ray Eames PSA Commemorative Sheet of 16 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 20 percent to 25 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (2,000 commemorative sheets/32,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of one-fifth their standard automatic distribu­tion quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before June 11, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 463000 must from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.

There will be no additional quantities of Item 463000 available at accountable paper depositories (APDs) for ful­filling supplemental orders from SDOs.

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. The Item 463000, $6.72 Charles + Ray Eames PSA Commemorative Sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.



Charles + Ray Eames

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

42-cent Commemorative


Pane of 16 (16 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 17, 2008,
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Keating Gravure


Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

24 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


PMS 2645 (Purple), PMS 8 (Cool
Gray), PMS 7451 (Blue), Yellow,
Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.09 in./36.07 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.23 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 7.13 in./184.15 x 180.98 mm

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution plate

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by seven (7) single

Marginal Markings:



Special artwork on red background
• Plate numbers in 4 corners of
pane • Caption: “Architecture,
Furniture, Film, Graphic Design,
Industrial Design, Sculpture,
Toys, Exhibits” at bottom of


© 2007 USPS • USPS Logo
• Barcodes (463000) in 2
positions • Price “.42 x 16 =
$6.72” • Proprietary notice
• Biographical paragraph on
Charles and Ray Eames
• Descriptive paragraph about
each stamp design