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37¢ Antique Toys (4 designs)
Self-Adhesive Coil of 100
Scott# 3641a - Strip of 4 Plate #  B11111, B12222
Scott# 3638 - Locomotive  
Scott# 3639 - Mail Wagon  
Scott# 3640 - Fire Pumper Plate #  appears only on this stamp
Scott# 3641 - Taxicab  
Series N/A
Issue Date & City July 26, 2002, Rochester, NY 14692
Nationwide Sale July 27, 2002
Designer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Engraver Acitronics
Modeler Guilford Gravure
Photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce, New Milford, CT
To Press / Initial Impressions Spring, 2002 / 1.5 billion stamps
Coil Size 100
Printer Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA)
Press Cerrutti, R118
Process Gravure
Where Printed Guilford, CT
Where Processed Guilford, CT
Plate Size & Interval 384 stamps per revolution / plate # every 12 stamps
Paper & Gum USPS Type II / Pressure Sensitive, Surface Coated
Tagging Type Prephosphored, Smooth Tagging
Die-Cut Gauge 8.5 Horizontally, Valley/Peak, 9 x 10
Colors PMS Grey, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black
Image Area 0.84 x 0.71 in. / 21.34 x 18.03 mm
Overall Size 0.98 x 0.87 in ./  24.90 x 22.10 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use ?
USPS Order Numbers Coil of 100 - $37.00 - 780440
First Day Cover (set of 4) - $3.00 - 780463
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City
(7/27/02) Plate #B11111 - Tucson, AZ / Plate #B12222 - Providence, RI & Cincinnati, OH
Official Announcement The Postal Service will issue four 37-cent Antique Toys definitive stamps in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) convertible book of 20 (670400), PSA vending book of 20 (Item 670500), and a PSA coil of 100 (Item 780400), on July 26, 2002, in Rochester, New York. The stamps, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, and photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce, New Milford, Connecticut, will go on sale nationwide July 27, 2002.

The 37-cent Antique Toys definitive stamps feature four antique American toy vehicles from the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York: a bright red U.S. Mail truck with a spring wound mechanism, a yellow taxicab, a mechanical locomotive of cast iron and stamped tin, and a fiery red steam pumper complete with two firemen. Made primarily of cast iron, the toys were manufactured between 1880 and 1925.

Varieties None

Distribution: Item 780400 Antique Toys Definitive Stamps Coil of 100 (PSA)

SDOs will receive three waves of automatic distribution for the Antique Toys definitive stamps PSA coil of 100. Wave 1 shipments began May 28, 2002, and were completed June 19, 2002. Wave 2 shipments will begin July 8, 2002, and will be complete July 26, 2002. Wave 3 shipments will begin August 12, 2002, and will be complete August 30, 2002. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (800 coils).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 780400 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute coils to Post Offices before July 22, 2002.

Philatelic Requirement

Authorized philatelic centers requiring the Antique Toys definitive stamps PSA coil of 100 must order Item 780400 from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17.

Additional Supply

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

Initially, additional coil quantities will not be available at APDs for supplemental ordering by SDOs. Following wave 3, however, additional coils will be provided to the APDs for fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs. The San Francisco, Chicago, Memphis, and New York APDs will each receive 230,400 additional coils, and the Denver APD will receive 115,200 additional coils.

 Updated - 3 October 2008

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