Stamp Announcement 12-43: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Stamp Announcement 12-43: Edgar Rice Burroughs

On August 17, 2012, in Tarzana, California, the Postal Service™ will issue an Edgar Rice Burroughs commemora­tive stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 469800).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 17, 2012.

In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” and his first Tarzan story, “Tar­zan of the Apes.” The U.S. Postal Service® joins with fans around the world in celebrating the centennial of this cul­tural phenomenon. The stamp art shows Tarzan clinging to a tree by a vine in his left hand and wielding a weapon in his right. Burroughs appears in profile in the background. The depiction of Tarzan is an interpretation of the character by artist Sterling Hundley. Phil Jordan was the art director.

Distribution: Item 469800, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Forever priced at 45 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before August 2, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 469800 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder addi­tional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Edgar Rice Burroughs Stamp
Tarzana Post Office
5609 Yolanda Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356-9998

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. All orders must be postmarked by October 17, 2012.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmarks are permitted for the Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Edgar Rice Burroughs Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

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To finalize the Edgar Rice Burroughs Station pictorial cancellation art, insert the date and the city, state, and ZIP Code™ of the physical location of your event within the postmark circle. Refer to the unfinished and finished art on this page. Overall dimensions of the pictorial cancellation 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 events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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 quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Cus­tomers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are five philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 469861*, First-Day Cover, $0.89.

n 469865*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 469891*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 469497*, Panel, $9.95.

n 469899*, Cancellation Keepsake (DCP w/Pane), $10.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Edgar Rice Burroughs

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

August 17, 2012, Tarzana, CA 91356


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Sterling Hundley, Chesterfield, VA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Man Roland, 300

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Sennett Security Products Finishing, Fredericksburg, VA


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 4535 (Tan), PMS 012 (Yellow)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in. /21.33 x 36.06 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in. /24.89 x 39.42 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.8796 x 7.1468 in. /149.35 x 182.52 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


Verso text © 2011 USPS USPS logo
Plate position diagram Barcode (469800) in lower left and upper right corners of pane Promotional text
Proprietary notice

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