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Henry James

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Name Value
Date of Issue July 31, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 20,000,000
Three Ounce Rate, Non-denominated, Mail Use
Denomination Value $0.89
Perforation or Dimension 0.98 x 1.56 in.⁄24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series Literary Arts
Series Time Span 1996 - 2016
Issue Location Dulles, VA 20103
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $17.80
SKU: 119404
Dimension: 5.92 x 7.24 in.⁄150.37 x 183.90 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Layout Number: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - 250
Original Purchase Price: $106.80
SKU: 119406
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First-day Cover

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Original Purchase Price: $1.33
SKU: 119416
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Original Purchase Price: $2.04
SKU: 119421
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Original Purchase Price: $19.95
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About Stamp

On July 31, 2016, in Dulles, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Henry James three ounce rate mail use stamp (Non-denominated priced at 89 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide July 31, 2016.

The 31st stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Henry James (1843-1916), a towering figure in American literature. In novels and stories that often explored the complex interplay between Americans and Europeans, James sought to portray the intricacies of society and the inner lives of his characters with exquisite realism, an intellectual and artistic achievement that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest writers America has ever produced.

The Henry James stamp features an original painting. On the left is a portrait of Henry James based on a 1906 photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn; on the right side, behind James, is a vignette showing a man and a woman in a small boat, an artistic interpretation of the climactic scene from James’s 1903 novel The Ambassadors.

During James’s lifetime, readers were often drawn to his novels and short stories for their accounts of passionate friendships, love affairs, and marriages that were unhappy and rife with conflict; his contemporaries also admired his realistic and thoughtful portrayals of women, especially strong, autonomous heroines failed by men and betrayed by other women. All in all, James’s literary output was prodigious: 20 complete novels, more than 100 shorter pieces of fiction, several plays, and hundreds of shorter works and articles, including travel observations, literary criticism, and theater reviews. His eye for human nature has stood the test of time; interest in his work surged in the 1930s and continues to this day.

The artist for this stamp was Kate Sammons. The art director was Antonio Alcalá.

The words "THREE OUNCE" on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, the Henry James stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 129⁄Yellow


Designer: Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA.
Artist: Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA.
Modeler: Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn.

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