Stamp Announcement 14-35: Janis Joplin Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-35: Janis Joplin Stamp

On August 8, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Janis Joplin stamp (Forever® First-Class Mail priced at 49 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 588100). This item will only be sold in full format, as a pane of 16.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 8, 2014.

The fifth issuance in the Music Icons series features Janis Joplin, a groundbreaking singer, whose powerful bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom. The artwork for this stamp features a photo of Janis Joplin taken by David Gahr in June 1970. The original black-and-white photo is rendered in shades of blue, with Joplin’s trademark round sunglasses tinted a shade of pink. The words “Janis Joplin,” along with the “Forever” denomination and “USA” appear in psychedelic-style script reminiscent of the 1960s, in shades of gold, orange, and pink. Daniel Pelavin designed the lettering. Text below the stamps briefly describes Joplin’s musical legacy. The flip side of the stamp pane, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a photograph of Joplin taken by Bruce Steinberg in May 1968 at the First International San Jose Pop Festival. The image is accompanied by the words “Janis Joplin Blues Rock Country Soul Folk,” in psychedelic-style lettering. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and the stamp pane.

No merchandise allowed — only HQ pre-approved philatelic products allowed. The following credit is required: Janis Joplin is a TM of Fantality Corp.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 588100, $7.84, Janis Joplin (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

The Binghamton, Dulles, and Kansas City Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive an 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

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the AssetManagement SDC webpage at Post Offices may preorder these stamps prior to FDOI through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, 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 the Janis Joplin stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing the Janis Joplin Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Janis Joplin Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Janis Joplin Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Janis Joplin 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 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:

Janis Joplin Stamp
Retail Manager
PO Box 7838
San Francisco CA 94120-7838

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, 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 15 philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 588106* Press Sheet w/Die cut, $70.56 (print quantity 1,000).

n 588108* Press Sheet w/o Die cut, $70.56 (print quantity 1,500).

n 588110* Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $9.95.

n 588116* First-Day Cover, $0.93.

n 588118* First-Day Cover Full-Pane, $10.34.

n 588119* Cancelled Full Pane, $10.34.

n 588121* Digital Color Postmark, $1.64.

n 588124* Framed Art, $39.95.

n 588126* T-Shirt (Med) w/FDC, $17.95.

n 588127* T-Shirt (Large) w/FDC, $17.95.

n 588128* T-Shirt (XL) w/FDC, $17.95.

n 588129* T-Shirt (XXL) w/FDC, $17.95.

n 588130* Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 588131* Stamped Deck Card, $0.95.

n 588132* Stamped Deck Card w/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.



Janis Joplin stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 16 (1 design)


Music Icons

Issue Date & City:

August 8, 2014, San Francisco CA 94188


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Daniel Pelavin, New York, NY




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.09 x 1.09 in./27.56 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.23 x 1.23 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.00 x 7.00 in./177.80 x 177.80 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

21.25 x 21.25 in./539.75 x 539.75 mm

Plate Size:

144 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


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