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WPA Posters

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 7, 2017
Year 2017
Quantity 10,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series WPA Posters
Series Time Span 2017
Issue Location Hyde Park, NY 12538
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Double-sided Booklet of 20 (10 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 5,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 674604
Dimension: 6.18 x 3.12 in./156.97 x 79.25 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville , NY
Printing Process: Offset
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Overall
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits

WPA Press Sheet with Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $78.40
SKU: 674606

First-day Cover (set of 10)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.30
SKU: 674616

Digital Color Postmark (set of 10)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $16.40
SKU: 674621

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 674630

Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (random Dcp)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 674610

Framed Art

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 674624

About Stamp Series

On March 7, 2017, in Hyde Park, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the WPA Posters stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide March 7, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates posters of the Work Projects Administration, striking and utilitarian artworks created by Depression-era artists employed by the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project.

The booklet features 20 stamps of 10 different designs originally created to support the civic-minded ideals of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Program. Each stamp features a striking example of the posters conceived and printed in workshops across the nation under the WPA. Formed in 1935 as the Works Progress Administration, renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939, the WPA lasted until 1943. By then, the function of its Federal Art Program Poster Division had been fully absorbed into the World War II effort.

During the Depression, WPA artists designed and printed some two million posters from approximately 35,000 designs. Most of their work was printed by silkscreen, an economical medium that saw significant innovation at the hands of Poster Division artists. The posters featured on these stamps are from the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which houses the largest collection of WPA posters.

Many records about the Poster Division are long lost. Known poster office locations and publication dates are as follows:

“Hiking,” Chicago, 1939. 
“Field Day,” Chicago, 1939. 
“Discover Puerto Rico, U.S.A.,” New York City, ca. 1936–40. 
“City of New York Municipal Airports,” New York City, ca. 1936–37. 
“Visit the Zoo,” Pennsylvania, ca. 1936–41.
“Work With Care,” Philadelphia, ca. 1936–37.
“The National Parks Preserve Wild Life,” New York City, ca. 1936–39. 
“Work Pays America! Prosperity,” New York City, ca. 1936–41. 
“See America Welcome to Montana,” New York City, ca. 1936–39. 
“The United States’ First Foreign Trade Zone,” New York City, 1937.

Antonio Alcalá served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with Maribel O. Gray.

The WPA Posters stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever® stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Images reproduced on these stamps are from the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Creators

Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Designer: Maribel O. Gray, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22460. Copyright: USPS.

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