Stamp Announcement 13-15: Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Stamps

Stamp Announcement 13-15: Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Stamp

On March 7, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue Modern Art in America 1913-1931 commemorative First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in 12 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 579600). The $5.52 Modern Art in America 1913-1931 pane of 12 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide March 7, 2013.

With this stamp issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® commemorates 12 important modern artists and their works, 100 years after the groundbreaking Armory Show opened in New York in 1913, which gave many Americans their first look at modern art. The masterpieces reproduced on the stamp pane were created between 1912 and 1931, and include House and Street (1931), Stuart Davis; I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), Charles Demuth; The Prodigal Son (1927), Aaron Douglas; Fog Horns (1929), Arthur Dove; Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912), Marcel Duchamp; Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), Marsden Hartley; Sunset, Maine Coast (1919), John Marin; Razor (1924), Gerald Murphy; Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II (1930), Georgia O’Keefe; Noire et Blanche (1926), Man Ray; American Landscape (1930), Charles Sheeler; and Brooklyn Bridge (1919-20), Joseph Stella. The stamp pane also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist. Art director Derry Noyes worked on the stamp pane with designer Margaret Bauer.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 579600, $5.52 Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 46 cents) PSA Pane of 12 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 12 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 2,000 panes. The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 12 ($5.52).

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 Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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:

Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Stamps
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 May 7, 2013.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Modern Art in America 1913-1933 stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Modern Art in America 1913-1931stamps 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 four 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 ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 579606*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $22.08. (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579608*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $22.08. (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579610*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set of 12), $24.95.

n 579616*, First-Day Cover Set of 12, $10.80.

n 579618*, First-Day Cover (Full Pane), $8.02.

n 579619*, First-Day Cancelled (Full Pane), $8.02.

n 579621*, Digital Color Postmark Set of12, $19.32.

n 579630*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

n 579631*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 579632*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark (random single), $1.96.

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.



Modern Art in America 1913-1931 Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 12 (12 designs)



Issue Date & City:

March 7, 2013, New York, NY 10199


Margaret Bauer, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Margaret Bauer, 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:

23.4 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, 1795 (Red)

Stamp Orientation:

Horizontal and Vertical

Image Area (w x h):

Charles Demuth :

1.45 x 1.97 in./36.83 x 50.04 mm

John Marin :

1.67 x 1.67 in./42.41 x 42.41 mm

Stuart Davis :

1.97 x 1.60 in./50.04 x 40.64 mm

Marsden Hartley :

1.45 x 1.97 in./36.83 x 50.04 mm

Georgia O’Keefe :

1.97 x 1.60 in./50.04 x 40.64 mm

Man Ray :

1.67 x 1.60 in./42.41 x 40.64 mm

Aaron Douglas :

1.30 x 1.97 in./33.02 x 50.04 mm

Charles Sheeler :

1.67 x 1.60 in./42.41 x 40.64 mm

Joseph Stella :

1.45 x 1.80 in./36.83 x 45.72 mm

Gerald Murphy :

1.67 x 1.67 in./42.41 x 42.41 mm

Marcel Duchamp :

2.30 x 1.30 in./58.42 x 33.02 mm

Arthur Dove :

1.45 x 1.67 in./36.83 x 42.41 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

Charles Demuth :

1.66 x 1.61 in./42.16 x 40.89 mm

John Marin :

1.40 x 1.38 in./35.56 x 35.05 mm

Stuart Davis :

1.72 x 1.24 in./43.69 x 31.50 mm

Marsden Hartley :

1.16 x 1.61 in./29.46 x 40.89 mm

Georgia O’Keefe :

1.69 x 1.30 in./42.92 x 33.02 mm

Man Ray :

1.41 x 1.25 in./35.81 x 31.75 mm

Aaron Douglas :

1.06 x 1.66 in./26.92 x 42.16 mm

Charles Sheeler :

1.42 x 1.25 in./36.07 x 31.75 mm

Joseph Stella :

1.16 x 1.49 in./29.46 x 37.85 mm

Gerald Murphy :

1.41 x 1.39 in./35.81 x 35.30 mm

Marcel Duchamp :

1.04 x 1.90 in./26.42 x 48.26 mm

Arthur Dove :

1.41 x 1.13 in./35.81 x 28.70 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

9.50 x 7.75 in./149.86 x 180.85 mm

Plate Size:

48 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Side Header: “MODERN ART IN AMERICA 1913-1931” “America is the country of the art of the future. Marcel Duchamp, 1915” at bottom of pane


“After the International … congenial home in America.” at top of pane © 2012 USPS USPS Logo Plate position diagram Barcode (579600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Short biography of each artist on back of pane Promotional text
Proprietary notice