Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 22-17: Eugenie Clark Stamp


On May 4, 2022, in Sarasota, FL, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Eugenie Clark stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 482000). This stamp will go on sale nationwide May 4, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This commemorative stamp honors pioneering marine biologist Eugenie Clark (1922–2015). Affectionately known as the “Shark Lady,” Clark demonstrated that lemon sharks could be trained to do complex tasks, disproved the notion that some shark species must keep swimming in order to survive, and debunked myths about sharks as vicious, fearsome creatures. The stamp features a digital collage. The design includes a photograph of Clark taken by David Doubilet as well as a photograph of a lemon shark taken by Reinhard Dirscherl. Wavy blue elements in the stamp‘s background evoke an undersea scene. The stamp was designed and created by multidisciplinary artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. Antonio Alcalá served as art director for this stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 482000, Eugenie Clark (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 Eugenie Clark 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 Eugenie Clark Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Special Postmark

Special Postmark

To finalize the Eugenie Clark 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 – Eugenie Clark 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 September 4, 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.



Eugenie Clark Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20



Issue Date & City:

May 4, 2022, Sarasota, FL 34230

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Brooklyn, NY


Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, Brooklyn, NY


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

18,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, PMS 7531, PMS 1205, PMS 2151, PMS 2183, PMS 7416, PMS 7709

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in/36.068 x 21.336 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in/39.624 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.92 in/183.896 x 150.368 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.84 x 21.72 in/300.736 x 551.688 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by seven (7) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in 4 corners


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