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Stamp Announcement 13-30: A Flag for All Seasons Stamps

Stamp Announcement 13-30: A Flag for All Seasons Stamp

On August 8, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue A Flag for All Seasons (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamps in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 688400), produced by security printer Avery Dennison.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 8, 2013.

In May 2013, the U.S. Postal Service® proudly issued A Flag for All Seasons — featuring four different stamp designs — in a PSA booklet of 20 and coils of 100. Each stamp shows an American flag, viewed from below, flying from a pole at full staff against a background of trees that evoke one of the four seasons of the year. Artist Laura Stutzman worked with art director and stamp designer Phil Jordan on this stamp art.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 688400, $9.20 A Flag for All Seasons (Forever priced at 46 cents) PSA Booklet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of A Flag for All Seasons stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 4,000 booklets.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will NOT make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-sale through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. Post Offices participating in the SEAM Stamp Auto Replenishment Pilot (Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Salt Lake City districts) will be automatically replenished based on their current inventory of Item 688100, Four Flags booklet of 20. If pilot sites need Item 688400, A Flag for All Seasons booklet of 20 to meet special customer requests, they must place an order in eBuy2 and choose “expedited” as the shipping method. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

A Flag for All Seasons Booklet/20 Stamps
Main Office Window Unit
PO Box 5066
Milwaukee, WI 53201-5066

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by October 8, 2013.

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 two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 688417*, First-Day Cover Set of 4, $3.60.

n 688422*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.44.

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.



A Flag for All Seasons

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Booklet of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

August 8, 2013, Milwaukee, WI 53203
(APS Stamp Show, Field Event)

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Laura Stutzman, Mountain Lake Park, MD




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:

Gravure, Microprint (USPS)


Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

500 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

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):

5.5 x 1.96 in./139.7 x 49.78 mm.

Plate Size:

840 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Front Cover:

Header: “A Flag for All Seasons” Twenty First-Class Forever® Stamps l © 2013 USPS l Plate block numbers in peel strip area l UPC Code (015645688407)