Stamp Announcement 12-18: Danny Thomas

Stamp Announcement 12-18: Danny Thomas

On February 16, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee, the Postal Service™ will issue a Danny Thomas commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents), in one design in a pressure-sen­sitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 468600).

This stamp honors entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas (1912–1991), star of radio, film, and television. From 1953 through 1964, Thomas received five Emmy nominations for his starring role in Make Room for Daddy, winning in 1953 for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series. In 1962, Thomas, a generous philanthropist, founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Featuring a new por­trait of Thomas by artist Tim O’Brien and depicting the hos­pital he founded in the background, this stamp was designed by Greg Breeding under the direction of art direc­tor William J. Gicker.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 16, 2012.

Distribution: Item 468600, First-Class Mail Danny Thomas Commemorative (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 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 January 31, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 468600 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Danny Thomas Stamp
555 South Third Street
Memphis, TN 38101-9998

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 April 16, 2012.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Danny Thomas stamp. The word “Station” or the abbrevia­tion “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Danny Thomas Pictorial Postmark Art


Danny Thomas Pictorial Postmark Art

Danny Thomas Pictorial Postmark Art



To finalize the Danny Thomas stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Code™ of the phys­ical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collec­tors prefer the dimensions 3 1/2 inches by 1.

The Postal Service must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services 4 weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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 468661*, First Day Cover, $0.89.

n 468665*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 468691*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 468699*, 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.



Danny Thomas

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

February 16, 2012, Memphis, TN 38101


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

William J. Gicker, USPS


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Tim O’Brien, Brooklyn, NY


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:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Sennett Security Products Finishing, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 279 (Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.40 x 1.069 in./35.56 x 27.15 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 27.15 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.2196 x 7.053 in./183.37 x 179.16 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


© 2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (468600) in lower left and upper right corners of pane Promotional text Proprietary notice Verso text on back of each pane