Stamp Announcement 21-24: Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses Stamps


On August 6, 2021, in Highlands, NJ, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 481000). These stamps will go on sale nationwide August 6, 2021, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The Postal Service™ concludes its long-running series celebrating American lighthouses with five new stamps honoring mid-Atlantic lighthouses. Each stamp features an original acrylic painting of one of the following lighthouses:

n Thomas Point Shoal, Maryland;

n Montauk Point, New York;

n Harbor of Refuge, Delaware;

n Navesink, New Jersey; and

n Erie Harbor, Pennsylvania.

Howard Koslow (1924–2016) was the artist for these stamps as well as previous issuances in the Lighthouses series. Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses were the last stamps he illustrated for the Postal Service. Greg Breeding art directed the project.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 481000, Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) 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 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 – Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses 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 December 6, 2021.

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.



Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

August 6, 2021, Highlands, NJ 07732

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Howard Koslow


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in. / 21.336 x 36.068 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in. / 24.892 x 39.624 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.5 in. / 150.368 x 190.5 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

11.84 x 22.5 in. / 300.736 X 571.5 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits in bottom two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses: Seventh In A Series • Plate number in bottom two corners


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