Stamp Announcement 12-8 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Stamp Announcement 12-8: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

On January 20, 2012, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Postal Service™ will issue a $1.05 definitive Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, stamp, in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 575500).

This international rate stamp in the Scenic American Landscape series features a photograph of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The image captures the beauty of the rural landscape as an Amish buggy travels along a country road, passing one of the county’s iconic farms. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler and features a pho­tograph by James Amos.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 20, 2012.

Distribution: Item 575500, $1.05 Lancaster County, PA PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

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

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 575500 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder SDOs/SDCs through the Stamp Services System beginning 30 days prior to the first day of issue. For Post Offices that have placed orders, initial sup­plies to the Post Offices will be shipped as stamps are received at the SDCs from the stamp printers.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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, 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:

Lancaster County, PA Stamp
1400 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA 17604-9998

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 March 20, 2012.

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 is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 575561*, First Day Cover, $1.49.

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.



Lancaster County, PA

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$1.05 Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Scenic American Landscapes

Issue Date & City:

January 20, 2012, Lancaster, PA 17604, (No Ceremony)


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


James Amos


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Man Roland, 300

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Sennett Security Products Finishing, Fredericksburg, VA


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

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.40 x .8667 in./35.56 x 22.01 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.2196 x 5.879 in./183.37 x 149.34 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


© 2011 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (575500) in lower left and upper right corners of pane Pony Express logo
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