|Robert Penn Warrenóthe first
official poet laureate of the United Statesówill be honored by the U.S.
Postal Service with a stamp in the Literary Arts stamp series at an 11
a.m. ceremony April 22 in Warren's hometown of Guthrie, KY.
The ceremony will take place at the United States Post Office, corner of
Park and Cherry, Guthrie, KY and is part of a week-long series of events
celebrating the 100th anniversary of Warren's birth. The stamp will be
available at the museum and at the Guthrie Post Office April 22, and at
Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide on Saturday, April 23.
Joining the celebration are Warren's children, Gabriel Warren and
Roseanna Warren , and Guthrie Mayor A. Scott Marshall.
This stamp, 21st in the Literary Arts series, recognizes the
achievements of Robert Penn Warren, a three-time recipient of the
Pulitzer Prize, the only writer to win the prize in poetry "Promises:
Poems, 1954-1956" in 1958, and "Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978" in 1979
as well as fiction "All the King's Men," 1947.
Artist Will Wilson of San Francisco, CA, based his portrait of Warren
on a 1948 photograph obtained from the Center for Robert Penn Warren
Studies at Western Kentucky University. The background art recalls
scenes from "All the King's Men."
Current U.S. stamps, as well as a free comprehensive catalog, are
available by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24. A selection of
stamps and other philatelic items are also available at the online
Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop. In addition, beautifully
custom-framed prints of original stamp art are available at
Issue: Robert Penn Warren
Item Number: 458300
Denomination & Type of Issue: 37-cent commemorative
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Literary Arts
Issue Date & City: April 22, 2005, Guthrie, KY
Designer: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Illustrator: Will Wilson, San Francisco, CA
Art Director: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Typographer: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Engraver: Southern Graphics System
Modeler: Donald Woo
Manufacturing Process: Gravure
Printer: Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Printed at: American Packaging Corporation, Columbus, WI
Press Type: Cerrutti, 950
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 45 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA
Colors: Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black, PMS 129 (Yellow)
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.41 x 0.84 in./35.814 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.99 in./39.624 x 25.146 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.25 x 5.94 in./184.15 x 150.87 mm
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "S" followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: 2004 USPS " Price " Plate numbers in four corners of
Plate position diagram " Biographical text on back of stamp
Barcodes in four corners on back of pane
Catalog Item Number(s): 458361 First-day cover $0.75
458393 Cancellation Keepsake $8.15
There is one philatelic product available for the Robert Penn Warren
" Cancellation Keepsake $8.15 (Item 458393).
This Cancellation Keepsake (a first-day cover and full pane of stamps)
will be available while supplies last and may be ordered online at
www.usps.com or by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24.
HOW TO ORDER THE FIRST-DAY-OF-ISSUE POSTMARK
Customers have 30 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by
mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post OfficeTM, by
telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24 and at the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.
They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the
envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope
ROBERT PENN WARREN COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
202 W PARK ST
GUTHRIE, KY 42234-9998
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. All orders must be postmarked by
May 20, 2005.
HOW TO ORDER FIRST-DAY COVERS
Stamp Fulfillment Services offers first-day covers on new stamp issues
and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official
Each item has been assigned an individual catalog number and is offered
in the quarterly "USA Philatelic" catalog and at www.usps.com/shop.
Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014
First day covers remain on sale for at least one year after the stamp's