Stamp Announcement 12-33: Aloha Shirts

Stamp Announcement 12-33: Aloha Shirts

On June 2, 2012, in McLean, Virginia, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue Aloha Shirts definitive stamps in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 10 stamps (Item 688200).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 2, 2012.

Previously issued Aloha Shirts stamps include the fol­lowing:

n 32-cent PSA Pane of 20 (Item 115100).

n 32-cent PSA Coil of 100 (Item 788800).

Distribution: Item 688200, Aloha Shirts Definitive PSA Booklet of 10 Stamps ($3.20 value)

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs)/stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will not make a subsequent automatic dis­tribution to Post Offices of this stamp issue. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 688200 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring these stamps must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute this stamp to Post Offices before May 18, 2012.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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

Aloha Shirts Stamp
McLean West Branch
1544 Springhill Road
McLean, VA 22102-9998

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 August 2, 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 is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 688263*, First Day Cover Set of 5, $5.40.

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.



Aloha Shirts

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

32-cent Definitive


Booklet of 10 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 2, 2012, McLean, VA 22101, Stamp Exhibition (NAPEX)


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Existing Photo:

Ric Noyle


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Print Quantity:

200 million stamps

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Booklet:


Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Booklet Size (w x h):

1.74 x 6.5 in./44.20 x 165.10 mm

Plate Size:

560 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Cover Side:

Header: “ALOHA” Ten 32-cent Stamps valid for the Postcard price effective 1/22/12 Barcode (015645 688209) Promotional text

Stamp Side:

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