Stamp Announcement 09-31: Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper 44-cent stamp

On June 11, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent Anna Julia Cooper commem­orative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 463800). The stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, Maryland, goes on sale nationwide June 11, 2009.

With the 32nd stamp in its Black Heritage series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Anna Julia Cooper, an educa­tor, scholar, feminist, and activist who gave voice to the African-American community during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the end of slavery to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The stamp features a portrait of Cooper created by Kadir Nelson, San Diego, California, who based his painting on an undated photograph.



Anna Julia Cooper

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Black Heritage

Issue Date & City:

June 11, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Kadir Nelson, San Diego, CA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

125 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS
8C (Cool Gray)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

.84 x .1.42 in./21.37 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.95 x 7.24 in./151.13 x 183.90 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2008 USPS • Header: “BLACK
• Plate position diagram • Price
• Plate numbers in four positions


USPS logo • Barcode (463800) in
two positions • Biographical text
on back of each stamp

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:

Anna Julia Cooper 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 August 13, 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. T 6270
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

With this stamp and cultural diary page, the U.S. Postal Service honors Anna Julia Cooper, an educator, scholar, feminist, and activist who gave voice to the African-American community from the end of slavery to the begin­ning of the Civil Rights Movement. The diary page (Item 463876, $13.95) comes with a maxi card with the Anna Julia Cooper stamp affixed and cancelled, plus a pane of 20 stamps.

Anna Julia Cooper diary page

There are three other philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 463861*, First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 463891*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 463893, 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 463800, 44-cent Anna Julia Cooper, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 100 percent of their full standard automatic distribu­tion quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions, which began April 8, 2009, will be complete May 6, 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 their full standard automatic distribution quan­tity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before June 4, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 463800 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 Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Memphis APDs will each receive additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from the APDs.

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.