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Stamp Announcement 22-20: Katharine Graham Stamp


On June 14, 2022, in Washington, DC, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Katharine Graham stamp (priced at the Non-denominated, 2-ounce Mail Rate). This stamp will go on sale nationwide, June 14, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The 17th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors pioneering publisher and business leader Katharine Graham (1917–2001). The stamp features an oil portrait of Graham based on a photo taken in the 1970s, during the peak of her influence as owner and president of the Washington Post Company where she also served as publisher of its flagship newspaper. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. Lynn Staley was the artist.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 122200, Katharine Graham (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

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Katharine Graham 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 the Katharine Graham Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Special Postmark

Special Postmark

To finalize the Katharine Graham 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 Fulfillment Services (via 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. 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 – Katharine Graham 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 October 14, 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.



Katharine Graham Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

2-ounce Rate, Non-denominated, Mail Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Distinguished Americans

Issue Date & City:

June 14, 2022, Washington, DC 20066

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Lynn Staley, New York, NY


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

10,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 7619

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 five (5) single digits in two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: “DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS, Number 17 in a Series” • Plate number in bottom two corners


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