Stamp Announcement 22-19: Mighty Mississippi Stamps


On May 23, 2022, in Memphis, TN, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Mighty Mississippi stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 580300). These stamps will go on sale nationwide May 23, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Mighty Mississippi commemorative pane of 10 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

This stamp issuance honors the Mighty Mississippi with a portfolio of ten different photographic images. Arranged on the pane in five rows of two stamps each, the images correspond to the states’ north-south and west-east sequence along the Mississippi River. Small type on the margin of each stamp indicates its location:

n Top row: Minnesota and Wisconsin;

n Second row: Iowa and Illinois;

n Third row: Missouri and Kentucky;

n Fourth row: Arkansas and Tennessee; and

n Bottom row: Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the selvage, three photographic riverscapes frame the stamps. From top to bottom: the Julien Dubuque Bridge, Illinois/Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; and a Mississippi bayou. The verso features a map of the central United States detailing the river’s course and its major tributaries. It is superimposed on a blue monochromatic version of the selvage images. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp pane with existing photographs.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 580300, Mighty Mississippi (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 10 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 – Mighty Mississippi 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 September 23, 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.



Mighty Mississippi Stamps

Item Number:


& Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 10



Issue Date & City:

May 23, 2022, Memphis, TN 38101

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Existing Photo:

Evan Spiler

Existing Photo:

Dana Holm

Existing Photo:

Sean Pavone

Existing Photo:

Ron Levine

Existing Photo:

Jay Olson-Goude

Existing Photo:

Mississippi River Parkway Commission

Existing Photo:

David Sebben

Existing Photo:

Walter Blackledge

Existing Photo:

M.J. Scanlon

Existing Photo:

Larry Braun

Existing Photo:

Don McLaughlin

Selvage Existing Photo:

Jeffrey Smith

Selvage Existing Photo:

Tom Wolf

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



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

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):

5.4 x 8.0 in/137.16 x 203.20 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

10.925 x 24.25 in/277.495 x 615.95 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “Mighty Mississippi” • Plate number in 2 corners


©2021 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (580300) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text • Mighty Mississippi map