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15 March 2020

Maine Statehood

United States: Maine Statehood, 15 March 2020. Images from Stamp News Now and eBay.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Maine Statehood Stamp
Item Number: 476100
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Statehood
Issue Date & City: March 15, 2020, Augusta, ME 04330
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Art: Edward Hopper
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 20,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 0.84 in./36.068 x 21.336 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.624 x 24.892 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.24 x 5.92 in./183.896 x 150.368 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Plate Size: 240 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits in four corners
Marginal Markings: Plate position diagram (6) • 2 Barcodes (476100) • ©2019 USPS • USPS logo
• Promotional text

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood. Nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine became the 23rd state in the Union on Mar. 15, 1820. American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was among the many prominent artists who sought the tranquility of the state’s coastal towns during the summer. His painting “Sea at Ogunquit” (1914) captures the rugged beauty characteristic of Maine. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

This stamp was originally scheduled to be issued during ceremonies on Maine Statehood Day, Sunday 15 March 2020. The event was postpone due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. The stamp was issued on 15 March 2020 but without a dedication ceremony.  On 26 April, Linn’s Stamp News reported that the first-day ceremony has been rescheduled for 27 September at the Augusta Armory. It will again be part of the overall state bicentennial event.

From the USPS announcement on 22 October 2019:

From the Postal Bulletin dated 27 February 2020:

On March 15, 2020, in Augusta, ME, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Maine Statehood stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps (Item 476100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 15, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood. Nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine became the 23rd state in the Union on March 15, 1820. American painter Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was among the many prominent artists who sought the tranquility of the state’s coastal towns during the summer. His painting Sea at Ogunquit (1914) captures the rugged beauty so characteristic of Maine. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 476100, Maine Statehood (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 20 Stamps. Automatic push.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop. They must affix the stamps to envelopes
of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Maine Statehood Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by July 15, 2020.

From USPS Press Release dated 13 March 2020:

Maine Statehood Stamp Dedication Ceremony Postponed

Stamp will still available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15.

The U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Maine Statehood Forever stamp, scheduled for March 15, 2020, will be delayed due to the postponement of the host event, the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony in Augusta, ME. The Maine Statehood Forever stamp will still be available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission noted that it would reschedule the Statehood celebration for a date when everyone can safely come together to join in observing 200 years of Maine statehood.

The Postal Service will schedule a special dedication for the Maine Statehood Forever stamp at a later date that will likely coincide with the Statehood Day ceremony as planned.

Customers may still purchase the stamps starting Sunday, March 15.

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