Stamp Announcement 15-28: Flannery O’Connor Stamp

Stamp Announcement 15-28: Flannery O'Connor Stamp

On June 5, 2015, in McLean, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Flannery O’Connor three ounce rate mail-use stamp (Non-denominated priced at 93 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 118900).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 5, 2015.

The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments. The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author. The words “THREE OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it. The initial price and value for this stamp is 93 cents. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp with artwork by Sam Weber.

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Distribution: Item 118900, Flannery O’Connor Three Ounce Rate (Non-denominated priced at 93 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on May 25, 2015, through SFS Web.

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:

93¢ Flannery O’Connor Stamp
McLean Main Post Office
6841 Elm Street
McLean, VA 22101-9998

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 August 4, 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 seven philatelic products for the Flannery O’Connor stamp issue:

n 118906, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $111.60 (print quantity 250).

n 118908, Press Sheet without Die-cut, $111.60 (print quantity 500).

n 118910*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $20.95.

n 118916*, First-Day Cover, $1.37.

n 118921*, Digital Color Postmark, $2.08.

n 118931*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 118932*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $2.43.

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.



Flannery O’Connor Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Three Ounce Rate Non-Denominated, Mail-Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Literary Arts

Issue Date & City:

June 5, 2015, McLean, VA 22101


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Sam Weber, Brooklyn, NY


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


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:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 123C Yellow, PMS 696C Burgundy

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.95 in./183.90 x 151.13 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

21.72 x 11.90 in./551.69 x 302.26 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Header: Literary Arts 30th in a Series


© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (118900) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text • Verso text