Stamp Announcement 11-40: Barbara Jordan

Stamp Announcement 11-40: Barbara Jordan

On September 16, 2011, in Houston, Texas, the Postal Service™ will issue a Barbara Jordan commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 466200).

The U.S. Postal Service® honors Barbara Jordan, one of the most respected and influential politicians of the 20th century, as part of the Black Heritage Series; it is the 34th stamp in the series. Jordan captured the attention and admiration of the nation with her intelligence and integrity, eloquent oratory, ardent defense of the Constitution, and staunch advocacy rights for all Americans. The portrait fea­tured on the stamp is an oil painting by Albert Slark, based on an undated black-and-white photograph of Jordan. Verso text appears on the back of the stamp pane. Art director Richard Sheaff designed the stamp.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 16, 2011.

Distribution: Item 466200, First-Class Mail Barbara Jordan (Forever priced at 44 cents), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive 100 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 September 2, 2011.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 466200 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.

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and beyond that as long as cus­tomer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Barbara Jordan Stamp
USPS District Office — Retail
600 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W
Houston, TX 77067-9997

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 November 16, 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 466261*, First Day Cover, $0.88.

n 466265*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 466276*, Diary Page and Maxi Card, $13.95.

n 466291*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 466299, Cancellation Keepsake (DCP 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.



Barbara Jordan

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever


Pane of 20 (one design)


Black Heritage

Issue Date & City:

September 16, 2011, Houston, TX 77210


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ

Art Director:

Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Albert Slark, Ajax, Ontario, Canada


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.98 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.15 in./150.37 x 181.61 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 480C (Beige)

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “BLACK HERITAGE 34TH IN A SERIES Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2010 USPS Plate position diagram
USPS logo Barcode (466200) in upper right and lower left corners of pane
Verso text on back of each stamp