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Iconic Vintage Circus Poster

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Name Value
Date of Issue December 10, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 300,000
Denomination Value $1.00
Perforation or Dimension 2.42 x 1.96 in./61.51 x 49.78 mm
Issue Location Baraboo, WI 53913
Postal Administration United States

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Souvenir Sheet

Quantity Produced - 300,000
Original Purchase Price: $2.00
SKU: 588700
Dimension: 4.97 x 3.38 in./126.24 x 85.74 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Intaglio, Offset, Microprint *Microprint only on Circus Clown
Gum Type: PSA
Paper: Phosphor Tagged, Block on Circus Clown: no phosphor on Circus Wagon
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Fdc (Full Pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $4.50
SKU: 588716
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Uncut Press Sheet

Quantity Produced - 10,000
Original Purchase Price: $24.00
SKU: 588708
Dimension: 11.00 x 24.5 in./ 279.40 x 622.30 mm
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About Stamp

On December 10, 2014, in Baraboo, WI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue a Circus souvenir sheet, available as single mint souvenir sheets exclusively in the 2014 Stamp Yearbook.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the joy of the big top with Circus, an individual mint souvenir sheet available exclusively as a bonus in the 2014 Stamp Yearbook. The issuance features a $1 stamp showcasing an iconic vintage circus poster and two identical 50-cent circus wagon 1900s stamps illustrated by Susan Sanford, which are new versions of a design originally issued in 1990. Made by the Strobridge Lithographing Company, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey poster features a clown tipping his cap and gesturing toward the circus. The circus wagon stamps showcase an illustration of the type of decorated wagon that routinely rolled into cities across America more than a century ago. Art director Jennifer Arnold designed the Circus souvenir sheet with selvage colors of red and gold, often used in circus imagery. The shape of the selvage is reminiscent of an ornately decorated circus wagon.

This stamp features an iconic circus poster with a clown in the foreground and a circus tent in the background. The stamps reads "Ringling Bros world's greatest shows combined with the Barnum and Bailey greatest show on earth."


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (Offset), PMS 179 Red (Intaglio)


Modeler: Donald Woo.
Designer: Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC.
Artist: Susan Sanford, Front Royal, VA

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