Stamp Announcement 14-27: Vintage Circus Posters Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-27: Vintage Circus Posters Stamps

On May 5, 2014, in Sarasota, FL, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue Vintage Circus Posters Commemorative stamps, in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 472100).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide May 5, 2014.

With this issuance the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the large, colorful pieces of early 20th-century circus poster art that showcased eye-catching imagery of stunts, performers, and animals. This pane of 16 self-adhesive stamps features reproductions of eight vintage circus posters; each stamp features one poster. The pane’s verso text includes a brief discussion of the history and purpose of circus posters. The selvage features an image of a circus entrance shot by photographer Edward J. Kelty in 1937. Art director Greg Breeding worked on the stamp pane with designer Jennifer Arnold.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 472100, $7.84 Vintage Circus Posters (Forever stamps priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 16 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 2,000 panes (32,000 stamps). The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 16 ($7.84).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities will be posted, by finance number and unit ID on the Asset Management SDC webpage at Post Offices may preorder these stamps prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, Post Offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for Vintage Circus Posters stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Vintage Circus Posters Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

Pictorial Postmark Art - Blank

Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize Vintage Circus Posters 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 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:

Vintage Circus Posters
1661 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34230-9998

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by July 4, 2014.

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 eleven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 472106*, Press sheet w/Die Cuts, $47.04 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 472108*, Press Sheet w/o Die Cuts, $47.04 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 472110*, Keepsake (Pane of 16, 1 random single Digital Color Postmark), $9.95.

n 472116*, First-Day Cover (set of 8), $7.44.

n 472118*, Full Pane First-Day Cover, $10.34.

n 472119*, Cancelled Full Pane, $10.34.

n 472121*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 8), $13.12.

n 472124*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 472130*, Ceremony Program random single, $6.95.

n 472131*, Stamp Deck Card random single, $0.95.

n 472132*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $1.99.

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.



Vintage Circus Posters Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemerative


Pane of 16 (8 designs)



Issue Date & City:

May 5, 2014, Sarasota, FL 34230


Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset Microprint “USPS”


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Overall Phosphor Tagged

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:

Horizontal and Vertical

Image Area (w x h):

1.85 x 1.32 in./46.95 x 33.56 mm

Image Area (w x h):

0.98 x 1.32 in./24.91 x 33.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

2.00 x 1.46 in./50.76 x 37.11 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.12 x 1.46 in./28.47 x 37.11 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.75 x 9.25 in./196.85 x234.95 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

23.5 x 18.63 in

Plate Size:

96 stamps per revolution

Marginal Markings:


© 2014 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (472100) lower left corner of pane
• Promotional text • Verso Text