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5¢ AMERICAN TOLEWARE
Water Activated Coil of 10,000
Scott# 3612 Plate S1111111
Scott# 3612a Plate S1111111, Imperf
Series American Design
Issue Date & City May 31, 2002 - Napex Stamp Show in McLean VA 22101
Nationwide Sale June 1, 2002
Illustrator Lou Nolan, McLean, VA
Designer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Modeler Donald H. Woo
Engraver Armotek Industries
To Press / Initial Impressions Spring 2002 / 300,000,000
Coil Size 10,000
Printer Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Press Rotomec, 3000
Process Gravure
Where Printed American Packaging Corporation, Columbus, WI
Where Processed Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA
Plate Size & Interval 616 stamps per revolution / plate # every 14 stamps
Paper & Gum USPS Type III, Water Activated
Tagging Type Untagged
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Colors (PMS Colors) Dark Gray (PMS 7536), Light Gray (PMS 454), Light Brown (PMS 7504), Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black
Image Area 0.72 x 0.810 in. / 18.28 x 20.57 mm
Overall Size 0.87 x 0.960 in. / 22.09 x 24.38 mm
Back Numbers 5 digit pink - top and bottom every 10 stamps.  All 5 positions known.
Earliest Known Use N/A
USPS Order Numbers Coil of 10,000 - $500.00 - 778140
Plate # strip of 25 - $1.25 - 778130
Strip of 5 - $.25 - 778120
First Day Cover - $.56 - 778162
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City, KS
Providence, RI (6/1/2002), Long Beach, CA (6/18/2002)
Official Announcement The Postal Service will issue a 5-cent American Toleware (Item 778100) definitive stamp in a gummed coil of 10,000 on May 31, 2002, in McLean, Virginia. The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, and illustrated by Lou Nolan, McLean, Virginia, will go on sale nationwide on June 1, 2002. The coil of 10,000 may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually. (Except from The Cave and Providence, so far. - Webmaster)

The American Toleware definitive stamp features a painted detail of a black toleware coffeepot. Toleware is japanned (varnished) or painted tinware fashioned into a variety of objects, including teapots, coffeepots, cups, and candlesticks, and often decorated with designs such as fruits, flowers, and leaves. Typically, these designs in colors such as deep red, green, and pumpkin yellow are either hand painted or stenciled into a black background of asphaltum mixed with varnish, giving the items a velvety finish. The coffeepot featured on the stamp is now in the collection of the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. It is believed that this piece was manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1850 and 1875. The American Toleware stamp is the first stamp in the new American Design series. The stamps in this series will vary in denomination from 1 through 10 cents.

American Toleware Definitive Stamp

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products for this stamp issue.

Distribution: Item 778100, American Toleware, Coil of 10,000 (WAG)

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will not receive an automatic distribution of Item 778100, 5-cent American Toleware, water activated gum (WAG) coil of 10,000. Automatic distributions will be provided to accountable paper depositories (APDs) and Stamp Service Centers (SSCs).

SDOs requiring quantities of Item 778100 must order them from the appropriate APD using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 778100 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute these coils to Post Offices before May 24, 2002.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional coils must requisition them from their designated SDO using a PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional coils must order them from the appropriate APD using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling orders from SDOs, the San Francisco APD will receive 440 coils; the Chicago APD will receive 1,440 coils; the Denver APD will receive 400 coils; and the Memphis and New York APDs will receive 720 coils. For fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs, the Kansas City SSC will receive 8,640 coils.

Philatelic Requirement

Authorized philatelic centers requiring the American Toleware coil of 10,000, must order Item 778100 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.


Updated - 9 December 2007

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