Stamp Announcement 14-36: Hudson River School Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-36: Hudson River School Stamps

On August 21, 2014, in Hartford, CT, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Hudson River School stamps (Forever® First-Class Mail priced at 49 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 689500).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 21, 2014.

This 12th issuance in the American Treasures series features details of paintings by four renowned artists of the Hudson River School. Inspired by the stunning natural beauty of New York state, this loose-knit school of painters flourished from the mid-1830s to the mid-1870s and gave America its first major school of art. The paintings on these stamps are: Distant View of Niagara Falls by Thomas Cole (1801–1848); Summer Afternoon by Asher B. Durand (1796–1886); Sunset by Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900); and Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran (1837–1926). The designer and art director for these stamps was Derry Noyes.

Each one of the Hudson River School stamps must be shown in its entirety with the perforations. None of the stamps may be cropped or modified in any way and must be used only as a whole image.

1. Frederic Edwin Church Stamp:

The following credit is required for philatelic products and marketing materials: Church, Frederic Edwin (1826–1900). Sunset,1856. Oil on canvas. Original 1870s-style frame. 37-3/4 x 49-3/4 in.(framed). Proctor Collection, PC.21, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, U.S.A. Photo Credit: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute/Art Resource, NY.

2. Thomas Cole Stamp:

The following credit is required on philatelic products (the caption and credit line may be given on a hangtag). For Internet use, the caption and credit line should appear in immediate proximity of the image or in a “Sources of Illustrations” section and MUST include a link to the AIC’s website. Thomas Cole, American, 1801-1848, Distant View of Niagara Falls, 1830, Oil on panel, 47.9 x 60.6 cm (18-7/8 x 23-7/8 in.), Friends of American Art Collection, 1946.396, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

3. Asher B. Durand Stamp

The following credit is required for philatelic products and marketing materials: Durand, Asher Brown (1796–1886). Summer Afternoon, 1865, Oil on canvas, 22-1/2 x 35 in. (57.2 x 88.9 cm). Bequest of Maria DeWitt Jesup, from the collection of her husband, Morris K. Jesup, 1914 (15.30.60), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY.

4. Thomas Moran Stamp

No credits required.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 689500, Hudson River School First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 49 cents) PSA Booklet of 20 Stamps

The Binghamton, Dulles, and Kansas City Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive an automatic distribution quantity for a double-sided booklet of 20 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 4,000 stamps.

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.

For Offices Using SEAM

Offices that are still in SEAM will find automatic push distribution information posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management 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.

For Offices Using SFSWeb

Offices that have been transitioned to SFSWeb will find automatic push distribution informatiion by accessing the Auto Shipments window on the PRU dashboard.

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:

Hudson River School
Hartford Post Office
141 Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06101-9998

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 October 20, 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 eight philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 689506* Press Sheet w/Die cut, $39.20 (quantity printed 1,000).

n 689508* Press Sheet w/o Die cut, $39.20 (quantity printed 1,500).

n 689510* Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 4), $16.95.

n 689516* First-Day Cover (Set of 4), $3.72.

n 689521* Digital Color Postmark (Set of 4), $6.56.

n 689524* Framed Art, $39.95.

n 689530* Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 689531* Stamped Deck Card, $0.95.

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.



Hudson River School stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)


American Treasures

Issue Date & City:

August 21, 2014 Hartford, CT

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Art:

Thomas Cole, Frederic E. Church, Thomas Moran, Asher B. Durand


CCL Label, Inc.

Manufacturing Process:





CCL Label, Inc.

Printed at:

Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko, (DNK)

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

100 Million Stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall, Block

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

3.12 x 6.13 in./79.25 x 155.58 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

6.13 x 12.48 in./155.70 x 316.99 mm


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Plate Size:

80 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“C” followed by 1111 (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Plate numbers in peel strip area
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