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Stamp Announcement 14-39: Celebrity Chefs Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-39: Celebrity Chefs Stamps

On September 26, 2014, in Chicago, IL, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Celebrity Chefs stamps (Forever® First-Class Mail® priced at 49-cents) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 472300).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 26, 2014.

The five chefs honored on these stamps — James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi — revolutionized our understanding of food. Seeing cooking as a source of delight, they invited us to feast on regional and international flavors and were early but ardent champions of trends that many foodies now take for granted. The stamps feature digital illustrations by Jason Seiler that depict the five chefs in a style intended to resemble oil paintings. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 472300, $0.49, Celebrity Chefs First Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

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 are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering these stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

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:

Celebrity Chefs
Retail Specialist
433 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60699-9611

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 November 26, 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 nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 472306, Press Sheet with Die cuts, $88.20
(print quantity 1,000).

n 472308, Press Sheet without Die cuts, $88.20
(print quantity 1,500).

n 472310*, Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Postmark Set of 5), $18.95.

n 472316*, First-Day Cover, Set of 5, $4.65.

n 472321*, Digital Color Postmark, Set of 5, $8.20.

n 472324*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 472330*, Ceremony Program (random stamp), $6.95.

n 472331*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 472332*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark (random stamp), $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.



Celebrity Chefs Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

September 26, 2014, Chicago,
IL 60699


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Jason Seiler, Chicago, IL




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20 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, PMS Cool Gray #10C

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.337 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):

8.50 x 6.50 in./215.90 x 165.10 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

25.75 x 19.75 in./654.05 x 501.65 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header, Plate numbers in two corners of pane


© 2014 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (472300),verso text • Promotional text