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Forget-me-not - Missing Children

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue May 18, 2015
Year 2015
Quantity 60,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Issue Location Anaheim, CA 92803
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 3,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 473100
Dimension: 7.24 x 6.20 in./183.90 x 157.48 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet With Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 500
Original Purchase Price: $58.80
SKU: 473106

Press Sheet Without Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 1,500
Original Purchase Price: $58.80
SKU: 473108

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.93
SKU: 473116

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.64
SKU: 473121

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 473130

Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 473110

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 473131

Stamp Deck Card With Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.99
SKU: 473132

About Stamp

On May 18, 2015, in Anaheim, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Missing Children First-Class Mail® Forever® stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 18, 2015.

Affirming its long-standing commitment to help find missing children, the U.S. Postal Service® issues this new stamp to make members of the public more aware of the ways they can assist-and to offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search.

This stamp features a photograph by Harald Biebel showing a small bunch of purple forget-me-nots on the left with a lone flower farther to the right, all of them against a white background. The forget-me-not is the symbol for International Missing Children’s Day, which occurs on the same day as National Missing Children’s Day, May 25. Orange text at the top of the stamp reads “FORGET-ME-NOT,” followed by “FOREVER” and “USA,” each on separate lines in light blue. Text in light blue along the bottom of the stamp reads “HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN.” A header on the stamp sheet reads “HELP FIND MISSING CHILDREN.” The sheet’s verso includes text about the program that delivers materials featuring photos of missing children to millions of American homes.

More than 460,000 reports of missing children were made to law enforcement in the United States in 2014. Fortunately, loved ones have reason for hope: Increased public awareness, training, laws, and technology have led to more missing children coming home now than at any other point in history. For three decades, the U.S. Postal Service has also been honored to help with the search, cooperating with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Valassis Communications, Inc., on a program that features photographs of missing children on advertising materials delivered to millions of American homes. To date, about 1,900 of the nearly 3,300 children featured on these mailings have been recovered, at least 157 as a direct result of this program.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service publishes photos and information about missing children in the Postal Bulletin, which adds some 700,000 employees to the search effort.

Ethel Kessler designed this stamp, which is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 159 Orange

Creators

Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Existing Photo: Harald Biebel.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22413. Copyright: USPS.

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