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Rosa Parks

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 4, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 63,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Forever Commemorative
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Issue Location Detroit, MI 48120 & Dearborn, MI 48233
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 3,150,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 470400
Dimension: 6.75 x 7.25 in./171.45 x 184.15 mm
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type II
Layout Number: “V” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet With Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $92.00
SKU: 470406

Press Sheet Without Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $92.00
SKU: 470408

First-day Cover (dearborn)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 470417

First-day Cover (detroit)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 470416

Digital Color Postmark (detroit)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 470421

Digital Color Postmark (dearborn)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 470422

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 470430

Keepsake (pane & Digital Color Postmark Set)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 470410

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 470431

Stamp Deck Card W/digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.96
SKU: 470432

About Stamp

On February 4, 2013, in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, the Postal Service™ will issue a Rosa Parks commemorative First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 4, 2013.

In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time. The U.S. Postal Service is proud to honor the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement.

The stamp art, a gouache painting on illustration board, is a portrait of Parks emphasizing her quiet strength. A 1950s photograph served as the basis for the stamp portrait.

The response to Parks’s arrest was a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for more than a year and became an international cause célèbre. In 1956, in a related case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that segregating Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.

Soon after the boycott ended, Parks moved to Detroit, Michigan. She joined the 1963 march on Washington and returned to Alabama in 1965 to join the march from Selma to Montgomery. The many honors Parks received in her lifetime include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1966), the Spingarn Medal (1979), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1999). Upon her death in 2005, she became the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.

Artist Thomas Blackshear II created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Derry Noyes.

The stamp honoring Rosa Parks is one of three stamps in the civil rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality being issued in 2013. It is being issued as a Forever® stamp.

Colors

Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, 5565 (Gray-Green)

Creators

Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Thomas Blackshear II, Colorado Springs, CO.
Engraver: Trident.
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22355. Copyright: USPS.

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