Stamp Announcement 11-33: Owney the Postal Dog

Stamp Announcement 11-33: Owney the Postal Dog

On July 27, 2011, in Washington, DC, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue an Owney the Postal Dog commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents) in one design in a pres­sure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 467500).

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® commemo­rates Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Ser­vice. During the late 1880s, a dog appeared in the Post Office™ in Albany, New York, where clerks took a liking to him and named him Owney. Today, he is an icon of Amer­ican postal lore whose story highlights the historical impor­tance of the Railway Mail Service. The stamp features an original illustration of Owney with many of his famous tags and medals gleaming in the background, while text on the back of the stamp pane tells his story. The stamp was designed by art director Phil Jordan and features an illus­tration by veteran stamp artist Bill Bond.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide July 27, 2011.

Distribution: Item 467500, First-Class Owney the Postal Dog (Forever priced at 44 cents), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive approximately 50 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 subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before July 13, 2011.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 467500 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring additional com­memorative sheets must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. For fulfilling supplemental orders from Post Offices, all SDOs and SDCs will receive addi­tional commemorative sheets.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp for a minimum of 90 days from the first day of issue, and beyond that 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.

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:

Owney the Postal Dog 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 27, 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 five philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 467561*, First Day Cover, $0.88.

n 467565*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 467584, Uncut Press Sheet, $88.00.

n 467591*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 467599*, Cancellation Keepsake (Digital Color Post­mark w/Pane), $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.



Owney the Postal Dog

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

July 27, 2011, Washington,
DC 20066


Bill Bond, Arlington, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Bill Bond, Arlington, VA


Bill Bond, Arlington, 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:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Brown

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.447 x 0.899 in./36.75 x 22.83 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 5.85 in./184.15 x 148.59 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “OWNEY the POSTAL DOG” Plate numbers in bottom two corners of stamp pane


© 2010 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (467500) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Verso text on back of pane