Stamp Announcement 08-31: Vintage Black Cinema

42-cent Vintage Black Cinema stamps

On July 16, 2008, in Newark, New Jersey, the Postal Service™ will issue 42-cent Vintage Black Cinema commemorative stamps in five designs in a pressure-sen­sitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 463100). The stamps, designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California, go on sale nationwide July 16, 2008.

Vivid reminders of a bygone era, these vintage movie posters highlight various facets of the African-American cultural experience as represented in early film. Whether spotlighting the talents of entertainment icons or docu­menting changing social attitudes and expectations, these posters now serve a greater purpose than publicity and promotion. They have become invaluable pieces of history, preserving memories of cultural phenomena that otherwise might have been forgotten.

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:

NEWARK NJ 07102-9998

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 September 17, 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 six 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 463100, 42-cent Vintage Black Cinema, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 25 to 30 percent of their full standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of one-fourth their full standard automatic dis­tribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before July 10, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 463100 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.



Vintage Black Cinema

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

42-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 16, 2008, Newark, NJ 07102


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS
877 (Silver)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 8.00 in./150.37 x 203.20 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2007 USPS • Plate position
diagram • Price • Plate numbers
in four positions • Header
“Vintage Black Cinema”,
Descriptive text”


USPS logo • Two barcodes
(463100) in two corners
• Propriety notice • Descriptive
paragraph about each stamp

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Chicago APD will receive 4,000,000 additional stamps; the New York and Memphis APDs will each receive 3,360,000 additional stamps; the San Francisco APD will receive 2,480,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 480,000 additional stamps.

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.