Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 22-14: Shel Silverstein Stamp


On April 8, 2022, in Chicago, IL, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Shel Silverstein stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 481900). This stamp will go on sale nationwide April 8, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This issuance honors Shel Silverstein (1930–1999), one of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and illustrators. The stamp features Silverstein’s drawing of a boy catching an apple, a version of which appears on the cover of his picture book The Giving Tree, a story about a friendship between a motherly tree and a boy. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 481900, Shel Silverstein (Forever Priced at the First-Class 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

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Shel Silverstein stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design because it will be a temporary station. Use of any image other than the following special pictorial image is prohibited.

Guidelines for Finalizing Shel Silverstein Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Special Postmark

Special Postmark

To finalize the Shel Silverstein stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Code™ of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches (horizontally) by 2 inches (vertically). Collectors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1 inch.

The Postal Service™ must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services 4 weeks before the event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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 – Shel Silverstein 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 August 8, 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.



Shel Silverstein Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20



Issue Date & City:

April 8, 2022, Chicago, IL 60607

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC 20008


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC 20008


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC 20008


Shel Silverstein


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:



Pantone 360 C, Black 6 C, 364 C, 186 C

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 7.24 in/150.368 x 183.896 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

22.75 x 27.00 in/577.85 x 685.80 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in 4 corners


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