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Stamp Announcement 19-32: Spooky Silhouettes Stamps

FDOI: Spooky Silhouettes Stamps

In October 2019, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Spooky Silhouettes stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 572200). The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 2019, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue, which will be announced in a future Postal Bulletin. The Spooky Silhouettes pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

Halloween has long been a holiday that lets us delight in the things that scare us. As autumn approaches, these new stamps offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize this annual celebration. Four stamps feature digital illustrations in which traditional Halloween motifs are rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. Artist Tyler Lang created the artwork. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 572200 Spooky Silhouettes (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices must also check the amount they will receive in their automatic push distribution.

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 – Spooky Silhouettes 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. The date to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail will be announced in a future Postal Bulletin.

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.


Spooky Silhouettes Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

October 2019

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Tyler Lang, Milwaukie, OR


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Flexographic, Rainbow Foil


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Arsoma EM 410

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 1.05 in./18.542 x 26.67 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.3625 x 6.5 in./136.208 x 165.1 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

21.45 x 13.375 in./ 544.83 x 339.725 mm


PMS Cool Grey 6, PMS 266C Purple, PMS 032C Red, PMS 1585C Orange, PMS 388C Yellow, Black

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: Spooky Silhouettes • Plate numbers in bottom two corners


©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (572200) • Promotional text • Plate position diagram