Stamp Announcement 15-11: Water Lilies Stamps

Stamp Announcement 15-11: Water Lilies Stamps

On March 20, 2015, in Cleveland, OH, the U.S. Postal Ser­vice® will issue Water Lilies First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 689900).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide March 20, 2015.

Elegant water lilies grace four new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. Each stamp depicts a close-up view of the flower of one of four classic garden water lilies. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamps with existing photo-graphs taken by Cindy Dyer in midsummer at the Kenil­worth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices — Item 689900, $9.80 Water Lilies (Forever priced at 49 cents) Double-sided Booklet 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 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:

Water Lilies Stamps
2200 Orange Avenue, Room 206
Cleveland, OH 44101-9998

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 May 19, 2015.

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 six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 689906, Press Sheet with Die cut, $117.60 (print quantity 250).

n 689908, Press Sheet without Die cut, $117.60 (print quantity 1,000).

n 689910*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 4), $16.95.

n 689916*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), $3.72.

n 689921*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 4), $6.56.

n 689931*, Stamp 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.



Water Lilies Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

March 20, 2015, Cleveland, OH 44101

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Existing Photos:

Cindy Dyer


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

500 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall Tagged

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 0.73 in./21.34 x 18.54 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.98 x 0.87 in./24.89 x 22.10 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

1.96 x 5.52 in./49.78 x 140.21 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.04 x 11.76 in./280.42 x 298.70 mm


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Plate Size:

576 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Plate numbers in peel strip area
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