Stamp Announcement 13-19: Where Dreams Blossom Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-19: Where Dreams Blossom Stamp

On April 11, 2013, in New York, New York, at the American Stamp Dealers Association Spring Postage Stamp Show held at the New Yorker Hotel, the Postal Service™ will issue a Where Dreams Blossom First-Class Mail® commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 579900).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 11, 2013.

With a splash of color and a beautiful bouquet, Where Dreams Blossom adds a fun and contemporary flair to all kinds of correspondence. Where Dreams Blossom is perfect for any occasion or use, including save-the-date notices, response cards, and thank-you notes. It can also be used for cards and letters sent to celebrate other joyous moments or to deliver comfort and encouragement. The stamp art highlights a stylized bouquet of flowers similar to the design of the 2013 two-ounce Yes, I Do wedding stamp. The stamp was designed by Michael Osborne with Ethel Kessler as the art director.

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Distribution: Item 579900, Where Dreams Blossom Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 46 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Where Dreams Blossom stamps. 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

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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. Other wedding and love stamps available through your SDC include Wedding Roses (46-cent Forever), Wedding Cake (66-cent), Love Ribbons (46-cent Forever), Sealed with Love (46-cent Forever), and Celebrate (46-cent Forever).

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:

Where Dreams Blossom 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 for quantities under 50. All orders must be postmarked by June 11, 2013.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp and stationery issues. These items are 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 seven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 579906*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $73.60 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579908*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $73.60 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579910*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set ), $10.95.

n 579916*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 579921*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 579931*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 579932*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $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.



Where Dreams Blossom

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

April 11, 2013, New York, NY 10199 (Mega Stamp Show)

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Michael Osborne, San Francisco, CA


Michael Osborne, San Francisco, CA


Michael Osborne, San Francisco, CA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.03 x .75 in./26.16 x 19.05 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x .91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm

Booklet Size (w x h):

5.635 x 5.425 in./143.00 x 137.79 mm


Gold, Lt. Green, Orange, Pink, Blue, Red, Dk. Green,


Purple, Warm Gray

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by nine (9) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2012 USPS USPS Logo Plate position diagram Barcode (579900) in upper right and lower left hand corners of pane Promotional text