Stamp Announcement 09-34: Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah 79-cent Stamp

On June 28, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 79-cent, Zion National Park, Utah, definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 574700). The stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, goes on sale nationwide June 28, 2009.

This international rate stamp in the Scenic American Landscapes series features a photograph of Zion National Park by Richard Cummins of Temecula, California. The photograph reveals layers of sedimentary rock that reflect the park’s geologic origins in the slick rock area on the east side of the park.


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:

Zion National Park, Utah 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 September 1, 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 19014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 574761*, First Day Cover, $1.17.

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 574700, 79-cent (International Rate), Zion National Park, Utah, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

All stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive auto­matic distributions of the 79-cent Zion National Park, Utah, PSA pane of 20. Distributions will be in one wave. SDO dis­tributions, which began on May 11, 2009, will be completed by June 1, 2009. SDOs will receive approximately 20 to 29 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane. Distributions are rounded up to nearest mas­ter carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply for Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution of Item 574700 to Post Offices. All Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 574700 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 21, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 574700 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.



Zion National Park, Utah

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

79-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Scenic American Landscapes

Issue Date & City:

June 28, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Greg Berger, Bethesda, MD

Existing Photograph:

Richard Cummins, Temecula, CA




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III,
Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


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

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x .84 in./36.07 x 21.37mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.95 in./183.90 x 151.13 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2009 USPS Plate position
diagram • Price • Plate numbers
in four corners of pane • “Zion
National Park, Utah” located
under the right side of each


USPS logo • Barcode (574700) in
four corners