Stamp Announcement 08-27: Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam Express Mail Stamp.

On June 20, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a $16.50 Hoover Dam Express Mail stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 (Item 112700). Designed by Carl T. Her­rman of Carlsbad, California, the stamp goes on sale nationwide June 20, 2008.

Named after President Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark located on the Colorado River on the Arizona-Nevada border. The stamp artwork, by Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, Illinois, depicts a view looking upstream. Nevada is on the left, and Arizona is on the right.

How to Order the 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:

hoover dam express mail STAMP
PO BOX 92282
WASHINGTON DC 20090-2282

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 19, 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



Hoover Dam (Express Mail)

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

$16.50 Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Express Mail

Issue Date & City:

June 20, 2008,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprinting “USPS”


Sennett Security Products/
Banknote Corporation of
America, Inc.


Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

15 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphored tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black,
PMS 1355 (yellow)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.40 x 1.07 in./35.56 x 27.18 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.23 in./39.62 x 31.24 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.13 x 7.00 in./181.10 x 177.80 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2008 USPS • Price • Plate
numbers on four corners of pane
• Plate position diagram


Barcodes (112700) on four corners
of pane • USPS logo

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 two 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 112700, $16.50 Hoover Dam (Express Mail), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 5 percent to 10 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distribu­tions began shipment May 29, 2008, and will complete shipment June 26, 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 112700 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 13, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 112700 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 New York APD will receive 880,000 additional stamps; the Memphis, Chicago, and San Francisco APDs will each receive 800,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 240,000 additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center (SSC) will receive 3,840,000 addi­tional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.