Stamp Announcement 12-36: Miles Davis/Edith Piaf

Stamp Announcement 12-36: Miles Davis/Edith Piaf

On June 12, 2012, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue Miles Davis/Edith Piaf (Forever® priced at 45 cents) commemorative se-tenant pair stamps in two designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 469500). La Poste, the postal administration of France, will issue its stamps on the same day in Paris, France.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 12, 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service® is proud to honor Edith Piaf, one of the few French popular singers to become a house­hold name in the U.S., and the great American jazz trum­peter Miles Davis, beloved in France, where he performed frequently. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using an undated photo of Piaf from the Michael Ochs Archives and a photo of Davis, from 1970, by David Gahr.

Distribution: Item 469500, Miles Davis/Edith Piaf (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 May 25, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 469500 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

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:

Miles Davis/Edith Piaf Stamp
421 Eighth Ave., Rm. 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998

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 12, 2012.

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing Miles Davis/Edith Piaf Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art





To finalize the Miles Davis/Edith Piaf 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 inch.

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

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 eight philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 469562*, Joint First Day Cover Set of 2, $3.95.

n 469563*, First Day Cover Set of 2, $1.78.

n 469568*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 2, $3.20.

n 469574, Folio, $16.95

n 469584, Uncut Press Sheets, $36.00.

n 469591*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

n 469597*, Panel, $9.95.

n 469599, Cancellation Keepsake (DCP Set 2 w/Pane), $12.95.

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.



Miles Davis/Edith Piaf

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (2 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 12, 2012, New York, NY 10199/Paris, France


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA




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:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


7520 (Pink), 7462 (Blue), 7435 (Purple), Black Tint,


PMS 8404 (Silver Gray), Black

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):

8.50 x 7.75 in./215.90 x 196.85 mm

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “MILES DAVIS /// EDITH PIAF” Plate numbers in upper right and lower left corners of pane


Header: “MILES DAVIS /// EDITH PIAF” ©2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (469500) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text Narrative text on back of each pane Proprietary notice