Stamp Announcement 09-26: Mary Lasker

Mary Lasker 78-cent stamp

On May 15, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 78-cent, Mary Lasker definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 113200). Designed by Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, Maryland, the stamp goes on sale nationwide May 15, 2009.

This stamp, in the Distinguished Americans series, hon­ors Mary Lasker (1900–1994), a philanthropist and citizen activist known for her enduring commitment to increase funding of medical research for major diseases and for her contributions to urban beautification. Created by Mark Summers, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, the stamp art­work is based on an undated, black and white photograph. Summers is noted for his scratchboard technique, a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision.

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® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice,



Mary Lasker

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

78-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Distinguished Americans

Issue Date & City:

May 15, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Mark Summers, Waterdown,
Ontario, Canada


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:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

.73 x .84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

.87 x .98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.93 x 5.35 in./125.22 x 135.90 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2009 USPS • Header:
Number 12 in a series • Plate
position diagram • Price • Plate
numbers in four corners of pane


USPS logo • Barcode (113200) in
two positions

address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Mary Lasker Stamp
Special Cancellations
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 July 18, 2009.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) 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:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 113261*, First Day Cover, $1.16.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from SFS. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Distribution: Item 113200, 78-cent Mary Lasker, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Initially, stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approximately 30 to 40 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distribu­tions which begin April 14, 2009, will be complete April 30, 2009. 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 stamps 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 8, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 113200 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 additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.