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United States Air Mail (Red)

Air Mail

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 11, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 20,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.50
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Series Air Mail
Series Time Span 2018
Issue Location College Park, MD 20740
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 477904
Dimension: 7.25 x 7.25 in./184.15 x 184.15 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Intaglio
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by one (1) digit

Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $60.00
SKU: 477906

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.94
SKU: 477916

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.65
SKU: 477921

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 477930

DCP Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 477910

Ceremony Memento

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $18.95
SKU: 477934

About Stamp

On August 11, 2018, in College Park, MD, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the United States Air Mail (red) stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 11, 2018.

The United States Air Mail (red) stamp will be the second stamp issued in 2018 by the Postal Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of regular airmail service. The first stamp, United States Air Mail (blue), issued in May, paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of the brave Army pilots who initiated the airmail service on May 15, 1918. This second stamp, identical to the first except that it is rendered in red, commemorates the beginning of airmail delivery through the U.S. Post Office Department on August 12, 1918. Both stamps are printed in intaglio and feature a drawing of the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The stamp design evokes that earlier period. The stamp designer and typographer was Dan Gretta, while Greg Breeding served as the art director.

On May 15, 1918, in the midst of World War I, a small group of Army pilots delivered mail along a route that linked Washington, Philadelphia, and New York—initiating the world's first regularly scheduled airmail service. The United States Post Office Department took charge of the “U.S. Air Mail Service” later that summer, operating it from August 12, 1918, through September 1, 1927.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of airmail service, the Postal Service™ has issued two stamp designs in 2018. The first stamp, United States Air Mail Blue, commemorated the pioneering spirit of the brave Army pilots who initiated airmail service on May 15, 1918. Rendered in blue and printed in intaglio, the stamp features a drawing of the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. This second stamp, United States Air Mail Red, identical to the first except for being rendered in red, commemorates the beginning of airmail delivery through the U.S. Post Office Department on August 12, 1918, and pays tribute to the foresight of those who fostered airmail service and made it a success.

For the service to succeed in the early days of flight, the Post Office had to develop profitable routes, such as between New York and Chicago, and to establish the infrastructure for safely making night flights. It set up lighted airfields and erected hundreds of airmail guide beacons between New York and San Francisco so that by 1924 regularly scheduled, transcontinental flying was possible, day and night.

Airmail delivery, daily except on Sundays, became part of the fabric of the American economy and spurred the growth of the nation’s aviation industry.
The stamp designer and typographer was Dan Gretta; Greg Breeding was the art director.

The United States Air Mail Red stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Colors

Pantone 7623 Red

Creators

Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Designer: Dan Gretta, Alameda, CA.
Typographer: Dan Gretta, Alameda, CA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22497. Copyright: USPS.

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