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On June 1, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, the Postal Service™ will issue Mail a Smile commemorative stamps (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 470000) and a $15.95 Premium Stamped Postal Card Booklet of 20 (Item 470066).
The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2012.
With these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service® presents the second of two issuances featuring beloved Disney•Pixar characters. Following up on Send a Hello, which was issued in 2011, Mail a Smile includes five different designs that spotlight Flik and Dot from A Bug's Life (1998); Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell "Dash" Parr from The Incredibles (2004), with "Dash" also shown running in the background; Nemo and Squirt from Finding Nemo (2003); Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie from Toy Story 2 (1999); and Boo, Mike Wazowski, and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan from Monsters, Inc. (2001). The back of the stamp pane shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to "mail a smile" to a loved one. Art director William J. Gicker worked with Disney•Pixar to design the stamp art.
How to Order 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 www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 1-800-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:
MAIL A SMILE STAMP
MAIN OFFICE — ORLANDO
10401 POST OFFICE DRIVE
ORLANDO, FL 32862-9998
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 August 1, 2012.
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 www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 1-800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY, MO 64121-9014
There are ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
- 470063*, First Day Cover Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470066, Postcards (20) 4 of each design, $15.95.
- 470067*, First Day of Sale Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470068*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 5, $8.00.
- 470084, Uncut Press Sheets, $36.00.
- 470091*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
- 470092*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
- 470094*, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (random single), $1.95.
- 470097*, Panel, $9.95.
- 470099, Cancellation Keepsake (Random 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.