Stamp Announcement 16-19: National Parks Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-19: Natinal Parks Stamps


On June 2, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the National Parks stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in 16 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 560600). The National Parks pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 2, 2016.

With this pane of stamps, issued in 2016 to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service, the U.S. Postal Service encourages everyone to visit our national parks and discover — or rediscover — abundant opportunities for exploration, learning, and fun. This pane includes 16 different stamps that feature existing art or photographs of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects, and structures found in or associated with a national park. Small type on the margin of each stamp indicates its location.

First row, left to right: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Tom Bean, photographer); Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (Matt Dieterich, photographer); “Scenery in the Grand Tetons” (Albert Bierstadt, artist; painting at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont); Bass Harbor Head Light at Acadia National Park, Maine (David Muench, photographer).

Second row, left to right: “The Grand Canyon of Arizona, from Hermit Rim Road” (Thomas Moran, artist; chromolithograph-on-canvas at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona); Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia and Maryland (Tim Fitzharris, photographer).

Third row, left to right: Balclutha, a ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California (Tim Campbell, photographer); Arches National Park, Utah (Tom Till, photographer); Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota (QT Luong, photographer); Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington, D.C. (Cindy Dyer, photographer).

Fourth row, left to right: Administration Building at Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico (Helmuth Naumer, Sr., artist); Everglades National Park, Florida (Paul Marcellini, photographer).

Fifth row, left to right: Haleakalá National Park, Hawaii (Kevin Ebi, photographer); Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming (Art Wolfe, photographer); Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico (Richard McGuire, photographer); Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi (John Funderburk, photographer).

The image at the center of the pane is a detail of the 1-cent Yosemite stamp issued in 1934, rendered here in light brown. The pane includes selvage text and verso text. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps and the stamp pane.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 560600, $7.52, National Parks (Forever priced at 47 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an 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 available by logging on to SFS Web at https:⁄⁄ 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.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the National Parks stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing National Parks Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

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National Parks Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art - complete

To finalize the National Parks stamps 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 event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement⁄Report. To get a copy of the form, go to http:⁄⁄⁄formmgmt⁄forms⁄ps413.pdf.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. 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:

National Parks Stamps
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10199-9998

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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 2, 2016.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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 560606, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $67.68
(print quantity 3,000).

n 560610*, Keepsake, $9.95.

n 560616*, First-Day Cover (set of 16), $14.56.

n 560618*, First-Day Cover, Full Pane, $10.02.

n 560619*, Cancelled Full Pane, $10.02.

n 560621*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 16), $25.92.

n 560624*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 560630*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

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



National Parks Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 16 (16 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 2, 2016


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 4575 (Gold), PMS 4495 (Gold)

Stamp Orientation:

Horizontal and Vertical

Image Area (w x h):

1.68 x 1.05 in.⁄42.67 x 26.67 mm
0.77 x 1.05 in.⁄19.56 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.82 x 1.19 in.⁄46.23 x 30.23 mm
0.91 x 1.19 in.⁄23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 7.25 in.⁄184.15 x 184.15 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

21.75 x 21.75 in.⁄552.45 x 552.45 mm

Plate Size:

144 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Header: National Parks


© 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (560600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text
• Summary of “National Parks”