Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 19-30: Winter Berries Stamps


On September 17, 2019, in Tulsa, OK, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Winter Berries stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps (Item 681600). The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 17, 2019, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The Winter Berries booklet of 20 stamps celebrates four of winter’s small, yet vibrant offerings:

n The winterberry (Ilex verticillata),

n The juniper berry (Juniperus communis),

n The beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and

n The soapberry (Sapindus saponaria).

The stamp art features highly detailed botanical portraits of each plant that highlight the bold colors and rich textures of their berries. Artist Steve Buchanan worked with art director Antonio Alcalá to create these four new stamps.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 681600, Winter Berries (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA 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 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™ or at The Postal Store® website at 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 – Winter Berries 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 January 17, 2020.

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

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Winter Berries Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

September 17, 2019, Tulsa, OK 74103

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Steve Buchanan, Winsted, CT


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

300,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 0.73 in./21.336 x 18.542 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.98 x 0.87 in./24.892 x 22.098 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

1.96 x 5.52 in./49.784 x 140.208 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

1040 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Header: “Winter Berries” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2018 USPS in peel strip area • Barcode • Promotional text in peel strip area