Stamp Announcement 11-34: U.S. Merchant Marine

Stamp Announcement 11-34: U.S. Merchant Marine

On July 28, 2011, in Great Neck, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a U.S. Merchant Marine commemora­tive stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 467400).

With this issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® honors the U.S. Merchant Marine, featuring four types of vessels — clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, liberty ships, and con­tainer ships — that have formed an important part of our maritime history. Text on the back of the stamp pane describes the types of vessels. Drawing upon contempo­rary lithographs of the 19th century ships and photographs of the 20th century ships, illustrator Dennis Lyall created these four stamp designs under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide July 28, 2011.

Distribution: Item 467400, First-Class Mail U.S. Merchant Marine (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 a 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 467400 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and beyond that as long as cus­tomer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

U.S. Merchant Marine Stamp
c/o Postmaster
1 Welwyn Road
Great Neck, NY 11021-9998

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 28, 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 467463*, First Day Cover Set of 4, $3.52.

n 467468*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.40.

n 467491*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 467499*, Cancellation Keepsake (4 Digital Color Postmarks w/ Pane), $15.95.

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.



U.S. Merchant Marine

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 28, 2011, Great Neck, NY 11021


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Dennis Lyall, Norwalk, CT




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 I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Cool Gray, Dark Blue

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.6 x 21.33 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.75 x 5.50 in./222.25 x 139.70 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Since colonial … American economy. Plate numbers on left side of stamp pane


© 2010 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (467400) in upper left corner Verso text on back of each stamp