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Stamp Announcement 11-11: Jazz


Stamp Announcement 11-11: Jazz

On March 26, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Postal Service™ will issue a Jazz commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 466600). The stamp, designed by Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, Vir­ginia, will go on sale nationwide March 26, 2011.

The U.S. Postal Service® is proud to pay tribute to jazz, America’s musical gift to the world, and to the musicians who play it on festival stages as well as in studios, clubs, and concert halls. Art Director, Howard Paine, designed the stamp to showcase the work of Paul Rogers, an artist living in Pasadena, California. In creating the art for the stamp, originally using ink on paper and then finishing his work digitally, Rogers explored the way images could become a visual equivalent of jazz music. He was inspired by the cover art from vintage jazz record albums — work that cap­tured the music’s improvisational quality while built on a clear understanding of its underlying structure.

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™ facility, 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:




Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

March 26, 2011, New Orleans, LA 70113


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA

Art Director:

Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Paul Rogers, Pasadena, CA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA




Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Non-phosphored, Type III, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.42 in./27.56 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.56 in./31.12 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.125 x 7.25 in./180.98 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2010 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (466600) in lower left and upper right of pane
Verso text on back of each pane

Jazz Stamp
PO Box 50336
New Orleans, LA 70150-0336

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 May 26, 2011.

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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 466661*, First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 466665*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.50.

n 466691*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 466699*, Keepsake Pane and Digital Color Post­mark, $10.95.

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 466600, First-Class Mail Jazz (Forever priced at 44 cents), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

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

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of 25 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before March 11, 2011.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 466600 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional com­memorative sheets must order them from the appropriate SDC or SDO using PS Form 17. For fulfilling supplemental orders from Post Offices, all of the SDOs and SDCs will receive additional commemorative sheets.

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.