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Death Valley National Park

O Beautiful

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 4, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 3,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.50
Perforation or Dimension 1.225 x 1.225 in/31.12 x 31.12 mm
Series O Beautiful
Series Time Span 2018
Issue Location Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (20 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 3,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 565304
Dimension: 5.90 x 7.50 in/149.86 x 190.50 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) digits

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $18.80
SKU: 565316

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $33.00
SKU: 565321

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 565330

Ceremony Memento

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $36.95
SKU: 565334

About Stamp

Death Valley National Park, located in California and Nevada, appears on this stamp. It belongs to the “Spacious Skies” row of the pane, and the photograph was taken by Gary Crabbe. The photograph shows a valley surrounded by mountains with sun rays beaming down into it.

About Stamp Series

On July 4, 2018, in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the O Beautiful stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in 20 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 4, 2018.

With the release of the O Beautiful stamps, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.” Each of the 20 stamps on the pane features a photograph that helps illustrate one of five phrases from the song’s famous first verse: “Spacious Skies” (top row), “Waves of Grain” (second row), “Mountain Majesties” (third row), “The Fruited Plain” (fourth row), and “Sea to Shining Sea” (bottom row). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the pane using existing photographs.

From Bailey Island on the coast of Maine to the rugged cliffs of Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park in Hawai‘i, the O Beautiful Forever® stamps showcase the extraordinary natural beauty found in the United States.

The stamps include four national parks, one national seashore, state parks, parks managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. They highlight some of the nation's hidden gems, such as wheat fields in Wisconsin and Montana, and the lush, fertile landscape surrounding Orinda, California. They also celebrate the country's ephemeral wonders, including a double rainbow arching over a Kansas field, the aurora borealis lighting up Three Fingers Mountain in Washington, and a quietly stunning spring sunset over the green hills of Livermore, California.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray 7

Creators

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

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22494. Copyright: USPS.

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