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Stamp Announcement 13-35: Made in America ~ Building a Nation Stamps

Stamp Announcement 13-35: Made in America ~ Building a Nation Stamps

On August 8, 2013, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue Made in America ~ Building a Nation (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® commemorative stamps in 12 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 471500). The pane of 12 stamps ($5.52) may not be split and sold individually.

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

The Made in America ~ Building a Nation issuance honors the workers who were essential to the growth of the modern United States. There are five different panes. Each one contains the same 12 stamps, but is anchored by a different selvage photograph. In the top row are an airplane maker, a derrick man on the Empire State Building, a millinery apprentice, and a man on a hoisting ball on the Empire State Building. In the middle row are a linotyper in a publishing house, welder on the Empire State Building, a coal miner, and riveters on the Empire State Building. In the bottom row are a powerhouse mechanic, a railroad track walker, a textile worker, and a man guiding a beam on the Empire State Building. Eleven of the 12 stamp images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine, a chronicler of early 20th century industry. The coal miner image is from the Kansas State Historical Society. Three of the selvage photos were taken by Hine. They include two Empire State Building iron workers and a General Electric worker measuring the bearings in a casting. The fourth selvage photograph is the same image of the coal miner that appears in the stamp pane. The final selvage photogrph, taken by Margaret Bourke-White, depicts a female welder. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp panes.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 471500, $5.52, Made in America ~ Building a Nation (Forever priced at 46 cents) Commemorative 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 (24,000 stamps). 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 all Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, offices should first check the website to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push prior to placing a preorder at http://topkkssgsht/sites/SDCReports/Lists/StampAutomatics/default.aspx.

Post Offices participating in the SEAM Stamp Auto Replenishment Pilot (Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Salt Lake City districts) will receive their automatic push distribution and will be automatically replenished after that based on sales. If pilot sites need additional stock to meet unexpected demand, they must first check the website at: to see if a SEAM replenishment order has already been placed before placing an expedited order in eBuy2. 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:

Made in America ~ Building a Nation Stamps
Special Cancellations
P.O. Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

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.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for Made in America ~ Building a Nation stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Made in America ~ Building a Nation Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize Made in America ~ Building a Nation stamps 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 11 philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 471506, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $27.60 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 471508, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $27.60 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 471509, Packet of Five Panes (All 5 Selvage Designs), $27.60.

n 471510*, Keepsake (Random Pane & Random Digital Color Postmark Set), $7.95.

n 471516*, First-Day Cover Set of 12, $10.80.

n 471518*, First-Day Cover (Random Full Pane), $8.02.

n 471519*, First-Day Cancelled (Random Full Pane), $8.02.

n 471521*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 12, $19.32.

n 471530*, Ceremony Program (Random Stamp), $6.95.

n 471531*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 471532*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark (Random Stamp), $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.



Made in America ~ Building A Nation

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 12 (12 designs)



Issue Date & City:

August 8, 2013, Washington, DC 20066


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, 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:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


444 (Stamp-Gray), 444 (Pane-Gray), 9 (Text-Cool Gray), Black (Stamp), Black (Pane)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.42 in./27.56 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.56 in./31.12 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.00 x 6.5 in./203.2 x 165.1 mm

Plate Size:

60 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “Made in America ~ Building a Nation” Plate numbers in bottom right corner of pane


Header: “Made in America ~ Building a Nation” Verso text ©2013 USPS
USPS logo Plate position diagram
Barcode (471500) in lower left corner of pane Promotional text