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John H. Johnson

Black Heritage

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 31, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 80,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series Black Heritage
Series Time Span 1997 - 2018
Issue Location Chicago, IL, 60607
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (one Design)

Quantity Produced - 4,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 468300
Dimension: 5.92 x 7.24 in./151.13 x 183.90 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits

Uncut Press Sheet

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $54.00
SKU: 468384

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.89
SKU: 468361

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.60
SKU: 468365

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 468391

Diary Page and Maxi Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $13.95
SKU: 468376

Cancellation Keepsake (dcp W/pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 468399

About Stamp

On January 31, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a John H. Johnson commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 31, 2012.

In 2012, the Postal Service is pleased to honor John H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of EbonyJet, and other magazines. Johnson overcame poverty and racism to build a business empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. His magazines portrayed black people positively at a time when such representation was rare, and played an important role in the civil rights movement.

His unwillingness to accept defeat was a key to Johnson’s success. When he was unable to buy a lot in downtown Chicago because of his skin color, he hired a white lawyer who bought the land in trust. Thus, Johnson became the first black person to build a major building in Chicago’s Loop, where Johnson Publishing still has its headquarters.

As Johnson’s influence, accomplishments, and fortune grew, he received many prizes and honors. He joined Vice President Richard Nixon on a goodwill tour of Africa and served as a Special United States Ambassador for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awarded him its prestigious Spingarn Medal in 1966. Six years later, in 1972, his industry peers named him publisher of the year — a prize Johnson compared to winning an Oscar. In presenting Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, President Bill Clinton lauded him for giving hope to African Americans during difficult times. A panel of experts polled by Baylor University in 2003 named Johnson “the greatest minority entrepreneur in American history.” That same year, Howard University named its journalism school after him.

The stamp, designed by Postal Service art director Howard Paine, features a color photograph of Johnson taken by Bachrach Studios. The photographer was David McCann.

The U.S. Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African Americans through the Black Heritage series since 1978. This stamp honoring Johnson is the 35th stamp in that series, which highlights outstanding individuals who helped shape American culture.

The stamp honoring John H. Johnson is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 728 (Tan)

Creators

Designer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Art Director: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Typographer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Photographer: David McCann.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22328. Copyright: USPS.

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