Stamp Announcement 12-15: John H. Johnson

Stamp Announcement 12-15: John H. Johnson

On January 31, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a John H. Johnson commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 468300).

The U.S. Postal Service® honors John H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of Ebony, Jet, and other magazines, as part of the Black Heritage series; the stamp is the 35th stamp in the series. Johnson overcame poverty and racism to build a business empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. The stamp art, designed by art director Howard E. Paine, features a photograph of Johnson taken by David McCann.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 31, 2012.

Distribution: Item 468300, First-Class Mail John H. Johnson (Forever priced at 45 cents), 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 make subsequent automatic distribu­tions 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 January 17, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 468300 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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

John H. Johnson Stamp
433 W. Harrison Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60699-9998

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 31, 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 are six philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 468361*, First Day Cover, $0.89.

n 468365*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 468376*, Diary Page and Maxi Card, $13.95.

n 468384, Uncut Press Sheet, $54.00.

n 468391*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 468399, 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.



John H. Johnson

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (one design)


Black Heritage

Issue Date & City:

January 31, 2012, Chicago, IL, 60607


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA

Art Director:

Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


David McCann


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III

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./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.24 in./151.13 x 183.90 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 728 (Tan)

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “BLACK HERITAGE 35TH IN A SERIES Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2011 USPS Plate position diagram USPS logo Barcode (468300) in lower left and upper right corners of pane
Verso text on back of each pane
Promotional text at bottom of pane