Stamp Announcement 22-12: Sunflower Bouquet Stamp


On March 24, 2022, in Lawrence, KS, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Sunflower Bouquet stamp (priced at the Non-denominated, 2-ounce mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 578300). This stamp will go on sale nationwide, March 24, 2022 and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This stamp features a still life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, echinacea (coneflowers), and other small red, purple, white, and pink flowers against a white background. As a 2-ounce stamp, Sunflower Bouquet can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations; oversized greeting cards; and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. This stamp is similar in design to the Tulips Forever® stamp, also issued in 2022, and the two form a natural pair. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp, which features digital photography by Harold Davis.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 578300, Sunflower Bouquet (Non-denominated, 2-Ounce Mail Rate) 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. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail® requirements. 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 – Sunflower Bouquet 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 24, 2022.

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.



Sunflower Bouquet Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

2-Ounce Rate, Non-denominated, Mail Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

March 24, 2022, Lawrence, KS 66044

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Existing Photo:

Harold Davis, Berkeley, CA


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

35,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 272, Pantone 7417

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in./ 19.558 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.55 x 5.76 in./140.97 x 146.304 mm

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by six (6) single digits in four corners

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in bottom four corners


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