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Stamp Announcement 16-30: Songbirds in Snow Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-30: Songbirds in Snow Stamps

On August 4, 2016, in Portland, OR, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Songbirds in Snow stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided booklet of 20 stamps (Item 681100).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 4, 2016.

Each of these four new stamps celebrates a different songbird that brightens cold winter days. The birds featured in the stamp art are the golden-crowned kinglet, the cedar waxwing, the northern cardinal, and the red-breasted nuthatch. The illustrations, painted in acrylic on canvas boards, depict each bird perched on a snow-covered branch. The artist was Robert Giusti. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 681100, $9.40 Songbirds in Snow (47-cent Forever First-Class Rate) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI 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 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:

Songbirds in Snow Stamps
United States Postal Service
Attn: Ruth Traynor
PO Box 2089
Portland, OR 97208-2089

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 October 4, 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 ten philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 681106, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20.

n 681110*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (Set of 4), $15.95.

n 681116*, First-Day Cover (Set of 4), $3.64.

n 681121*, Digital Color Postmark (Set of 4), $6.48.

n 681124*, Framed Art (Set of 4), $40.00.

n 681125*, Framed Art (Golden-crowned Kinglet), $10.00.

n 681126*, Framed Art (Northern Cardinal), $10.00.

n 681127*, Framed Art (Cedar Waxuling), $10.00.

n 681128*, Framed Art (Red-breasted Nuthatch), $10.00.

n 681130*, 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.



Songbirds in Snow Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-Sided Booklet of 20



Issue Date & City:

August 4, 2016, Portland, OR 97208

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Robert Giusti, Bridgewater, CT


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville , NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

600,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in.⁄26.67 x 19.56 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

2.38 x 5.76 in.⁄60.45 x 146.30 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

4.76 x 23.29 in.⁄120.90 x 591.57 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

880 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Header. “Songbirds in Snow”
• Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area
• USPS LOGO • © 2016 USPS in peel strip area • Golden-crowned Kinglet
• Cedar Waxwing • Northern Cardinal • Red-breasted Nuthatch
• Promotional text in peel strip area