How do I submit a design for a postage stamp?

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How do I submit a design for a postage stamp?

Artwork for stamp designs

  1. Submit a portfolio of samples in print form (tear sheets, color copies, etc.) that best represent your style of work.
  2. Do not submit artwork or photographs for a stamp subject for consideration.
  3. Mail your portfolio to the following address: USPS Stamp Development.

How do you research a postage stamp?

How to Determine Stamp Values

  1. Identify the stamp.
  2. Find out when was the stamp issued.
  3. Know the stamp’s age and material used.
  4. Determine the centering of the design.
  5. Check the stamp’s gum.
  6. Determine the condition of the perforations.
  7. See if the stamp has been cancelled or not.
  8. Find out the rarity of the stamp.

What is the design of the stamp?

The usual shape of a postage stamp is a rectangle, this being an efficient way to pack stamps on a sheet. A rectangle wider than tall is called a “horizontal design”, while taller than wide is a “vertical design”.

What are the 4 main components of a postage stamp?

A postage stamp has four main components: image, perforations, denominations and country name. Stamp image is the graphical subject or simply the image found on the face of the stamp. They usually define a postage stamp issued to public.

How do you organize a stamp collection?

The essence of a good stamp arrangement is neatness – stamps placed squarely in the spaces provided for them or in level, tidy rows on a blank leaf. It sounds simple – and indeed it is – but it does require care and thought. Some printed albums have stamp ‘squares’ in rows across the album page.

What makes a good stamp design?

Images must have clear solid, crisp lines. If there is a lot of detail in the image, the lines need to be solid and bold to work well. If you have taken your image from the internet, please check the image is not fuzzy. Images with low resolution do not make clear stamps, nor do faint, broken lines.

Who designed postage stamps?

As an art director for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 15 years, Carl T. Herrman designed more than 50 stamps and guided more than 250 stamp projects, including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, and Comic Strip Classics.

How stamps are printed?

Engraving stamp printing is the method where the ink is in a recess etched or cut into the surface of a printing plate. The main characteristics of gravure stamp printing process are printing plates with recesses, or cells, on the surface. It is filled with ink as far as it passes through.

Can I sell custom postage stamps?

Reselling stamps is not illegal. Although you need approval to act as an official contractor or participate in USPS programs, you are free to resell your new or used postage stamps.

How do you scan stamps?

Place your stamps directly on the scanner bed. Remove them from mounts if possible. Scanning will NOT harm your stamps and you will get more accurate colours. Save your images in Bmp (bitmap) format.

What are the elements of a stamp?

A postage stamp is made up of many different elements: paper and ink, adhesive gum, perforations and more. Collectors look closely at all of these elements when they study stamps, or when they consider adding a stamp to their collection.

How to track a USPS package with stamps?

How to track a USPS package using To track your USPS package, all you need is the package tracking number, which can be found on your USPS shipping label or within your account. Navigate to

What is the design-a-postage stamp?

The Design-A-Postage Stamp is an art exploration from Layers of Learning Unit 4-2 about Tall Tales. It is also featured in some of the geography sections, encouraging kids to design postage stamps that showcase a unique feature or landscape of a country.

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Why do stamps have graphic design?

To prevent counterfeiting, stamps usually have a unique graphic design to aid clerks with quick recognition of appropriate postage. Plus, many customers simply expect stamps to carry a design.

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