Stamp Announcement 17-23: Celebration Corsage Stamp

Stamp Announcement 17 - 23: Celebration Corsage Stamp

On May 2, 2017, in St. Louis, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Celebration Corsage 2-ounce rate mail use stamp (Nondenominated, priced at 70 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 563000). The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 2, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service introduces Celebration Corsage, a new 2-ounce stamp for all of life’s special moments. This beautifully elegant stamp can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations, oversize greeting cards for all occasions, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp art features a photograph of an arrangement of Ranunculus with accents of Hypericum Berry, Astrantia, and Seed Eucalyptus. Celebration Corsage is similar in design to the Celebration Boutonniere Forever® stamp, and the two form a natural pair. The corsage was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 563000, Celebration Corsage, 2-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 prior to 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 – Celebration Corsage 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 July 2, 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 at, by calling 800-782-6724, or by 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 563010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $15.95.

n 563016*, First-Day Cover, $1.14.

n 563021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.85.

n 563024*, Framed Art, $19.95.

n 563030*, 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.



Celebration Corsage Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

2-Ounce Rate, Nondenominated, Mail Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

May 2, 2017, St. Louis, MO 63155


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Renée Comet, Washington, DC


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:

50,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit NC


PMS Cool Gray 9/Gray, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.635 x 5.425 in./143.13 x 137.80 mm

Plate Size:

400 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (563000) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text