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Stamp Announcement 17-19: Robert Panara Stamp

Stamp Announcement 17- 19: Robert Panara Stamp

On April 11, 2017, in Rochester, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Robert Panara two ounce rate mail use stamp (Nondenominated, priced at 70 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 114000). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 11, 2017.

The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of Deaf Studies. The Distingushed Americans series is primarily for rates over the first ounce. The stamp features a photograph of Panara taken in 2009 by Mark Benjamin, official photographer of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Panara is shown signing the word “respect.” Art director Ethel Kessler designed this two ounce stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 114000, Robert Panara Two Ounce Rate (Nondenominated, priced at 70 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 before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

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 800-782-6724. 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:

FDOI – Robert Panara Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

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 June 11, 2017.

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

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

n 114010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $15.95.

n 114016*, First-Day Cover, $1.14.

n 114021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.85.

n 114024*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 114030*, Ceremony Program, $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.


Robert Panara Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Two Ounce Rate, Nondenominated, Mail Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Distinguished Americans

Issue Date & City:

April 11, 2017, Rochester, NY 14692


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Existing Photo:

Mark Benjamin


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:

25,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in./19.56 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

6.11 x 6.23 in./155.19 x 158.24 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in two corners of pane


© 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (114000) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text