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Stamp Announcement 18-08: Bioluminescent Life Stamps

Bioluminescent Life Stamps

On February 22, 2018, in Fort Pierce, FL, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Bioluminescent Life First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 50 cents) in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475700). The stamps will go on sale nationwide February 22, 2018. The Bioluminescent Life $10.00 pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

Bioluminescent Life stamps celebrate the phenomenon of bioluminescence — the ability of some species to glow — with a pane of 20 stamps featuring 10 life-forms that create their own light. The stamp images represent the work of some of the top explorers of the bioluminescent ocean realm as well as two terrestrial bioluminescent life-forms:

n Row 1: deep-ocean octopus and midwater jellyfish, photos by Edith Widder.

n Row 2: deep-sea comb jelly, photo by Edith Widder; mushroom, photo by Taylor F. Lockwood.

n Row 3: firefly, photo by Gail Shumway; bamboo coral, photo by Edith Widder.

n Row 4: marine worm and crown jellyfish, photos by Edith Widder.

n Row 5: marine worm, photo by Steve Haddock; sea pen, photo by Edith Widder.

On each row of stamps, the third and fourth stamps repeat the first two designs. The selvage also features the transparent deep-sea comb jelly (photo by Gregory G. Dimijian) and the firefly squid (photo by Danté Fenolio). Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps and selvage from existing photographs.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 475700, $10.00 Bioluminescent Life (Forever priced at 50 cents) Commemorative Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) 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 120 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 phone at 800-782-6724. They must 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 – Bioluminescent Life Stamps
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 22, 2018.

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 USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Philatelic Products

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

n 475710*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (random cover), $11.95.

n 475716*, First-Day Cover (set of 10), $9.40.

n 475721*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 10), $16.50.

n 475730*, 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.

Technical details for the Bioluminescent Life stamps will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin.