Stamp Announcement 22-16: George Morrison Stamps

On April 22, 2022, in Grand Portage, MN, the United States Postal Service® will issue the George Morrison stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 481800). The stamps will go on sale nationwide April 22, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

With these stamps, the Postal Service™ recognizes George Morrison (1919–2000), one of the nation‘s greatest modernist artists. The pane of 20 stamps showcases five of Morrison‘s abstract landscapes:

n Sun and River (1949);

n Phenomena Against the Crimson: Lake Superior Landscape (1985);

n Lake Superior Landscape (1981);

n Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape (1990); and

n Untitled (1995).

The selvage features a photograph of Morrison at Red Rock, his home and studio in Grand Portage, Minnesota. The photograph was taken by Marlene Wisuri in 1993. A founding figure of Native American modernism, Morrison challenged prevailing ideas of what Native American art should be, arguing that an artist‘s identity can exist independently from the nature of the art he creates. Antonio Alcalá served as art director and designer for this stamp pane.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 481800, George Morrison (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 George Morrison stamps. 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 Geroge Morrison Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

Special Postmark

Special Postmark

To finalize the George Morrison stamps 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 – George Morrison 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 August 22, 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.



George Morrison Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

April 22, 2022, Grand Portage, MN 55605

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria VA

Existing Art:

George Morrison

Existing Photo:

Marlene Wisuri


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

18,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Pantone Grey 7C

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.085 in. / 27.559 x 27.559 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.225 in. / 31.115 x 31.115 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.25 x 7.12 in. / 209.55 x 180.848 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

22.50 x 27 in. / 571.5 x 685.8 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits in two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: GEORGE MORRISON 1919-2000 American Landscape Painter and Sculptor • Plate number in bottom two corners


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