Stamp Announcement 12-24: William H. Johnson

Stamp Announcement 12-24: William H. Johnson

On April 11, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland, the Postal Service™ will issue a William H. Johnson (Forever® priced at 45 cents) commemorative stamp, in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 468900).

The 11th issuance in the American Treasures series showcases a still life painting by William H. Johnson (1901–1970). One of our country’s foremost African-American art­ists, Johnson is now recognized as a major figure in 20th-century American art. He is best known for his dramatic Scandinavian landscapes and colorful, folk-inspired scenes of African-American daily life. Flowers, an oil-on-plywood painting created in 1939–1940, depicts a vase of boldly rendered, brightly colored blooms on a small table.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 11, 2012.

Distribution: Item 468900, William H. Johnson (Forever priced at 45 cents) Commemorative 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 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 March 28, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 468900 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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™, 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:

William H. Johnson Stamp
Main Post Office
900 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21233-9998

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 June 11, 2012.

How to Order First Day Covers

The Postal Service 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, online at or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 468961*, First Day Cover, $0.89.

n 468965*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 468991*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 468999*, 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.



William H. Johnson

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)


American Treasures

Issue Date & City:

April 11, 2012, Baltimore, MD 21233


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

70 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, 5467 (Dk. Blue), 5487 (Gray Green)

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):

5.85 x 7.25 in./148.59 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:



WILLIAM H. JOHNSON” “Eleventh in a series” at bottom left corner of pane Plate numbers in four corners of pane


WILLIAM H. JOHNSON” © 2011 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (468900) in upper right and lower left corners of pane
Promotional text Narrative text on back of each pane