Stamp Announcement 09-30: Celebrate!

Celebrate! 44-cent stamp

On June 10, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent, Celebrate! special stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 (Item 574500). The stamp, designed by Nicholas Wilton, San Geronimo, California, goes on sale nationwide June 10, 2009.

The stamp was previously issued as:

n 42-cent PSA pane of 20 (Item 57200), July 2008.

n 41-cent PSA pane of 20 (Item 570500), August 2007.

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

Celebrate! Stamp
Special Cancellations
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282




Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent Special


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 10, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Nicholas Wilton, San Geronimo, CA

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Nicholas Wilton, San Geronimo, CA


Nicholas Wilton, San Geronimo, CA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America,
Inc./Sennett Security Products

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black,

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.75 x 1.03 in./19.05 x 26.16 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.43 x 5.64 in./137.92 x 143.26 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2007 USPS • Plate position
diagram • Price • Plate numbers
in four corners


USPS logo • Barcode (574500) in
four positions

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 12, 2009.

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:

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

Philatelic Products

There are two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n Item 574561, *First Day Cover, $0.82.

n Item 574593, *Cancellation Keepsake (First Day Cover w/Pane), $9.62.

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 574500, 44-cent Celebrate!, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 80 to 90 percent of their standard automatic distri­bution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions will be in multiple waves.

Wave 1 shipments, which began April 14, 2009, will be complete by May 14, 2009. The Wave 2 shipment will begin June 16, 2009, and will be complete by July 16, 2009. 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-half their standard automatic distribu­tion quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before June 3, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 574500 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.

Following the automatic distribution to SDOs, the New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Memphis APDs, will each receive additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from the SDOs. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional stamps for fulfilling supple­mental orders from APDs.