Stamp Announcement 13-37: March on Washington Stamp

On August 23, 2013, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue the March on Washington (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 471700).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 23, 2013.

With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® commemorates the 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, this stamp features the work of illustrator Greg Manchess. The 1963 March on Washington stamp is the last of three stamps being issued in 2013 in a civil rights set. The first in the set commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the second commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 471700, March on Washington (Forever priced at 46 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 of 20 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 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

March on Washington Stamp
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 23, 2013.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the March on Washington stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing March on Washington Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Stamp Pictorial Potmark Art

Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art


To finalize March on Washington 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.

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 eight philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 471706, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $92.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 471708, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $92.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 471710*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $10.95.

n 471716*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 471721*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 471730*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 471731*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 471732*, 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.



March on Washington

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

August 23, 2013, Washington,
DC 20066


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Gregory Manchess, Beaverton, OR




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:

59 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Block; Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, PMS 645 (Powder Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.37 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):

7.25 x 6.75 in./184.15 x 171.45 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Selvage: “EQUALITY” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


©2013 USPS USPS logo Verso text Plate position diagram Barcode (471700) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text