Palace of Fine Arts Stamp

Palace of Fine Arts Stamp

Priority Mail Express Stamp

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Issue Date: 2/14/2022

An eye-catching sight in the Marina District of San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts has long been a source of pride for local residents and an attraction for visitors from around the world. With this Priority Mail Express® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates this iconic architectural landmark.

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  • An eye-catching sight in the Marina District of San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts has long been a source of pride for local residents and an attraction for visitors from around the world. With this Priority Mail Express® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates this iconic architectural landmark.

    The stamp art shows the rotunda and part of the colonnades of the Palace of Fine Arts, with a small lagoon in the foreground. The digital illustration is based on a photograph of the Palace of Fine Arts looking west across the lagoon.

    The original Palace of Fine Arts was built to showcase artwork at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. In addition to celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the economic opportunities offered by easier access to Pacific markets, the expo also highlighted the rebirth of San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906.

    As one of several “palaces” built for the exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts was not meant to be permanent. Although it resembled Italian stonework, the impressive rotunda and colonnades were actually constructed from a mixture of plaster and fiber over wood. The other “palaces” were demolished soon after the expo closed, but the Palace of Fine Arts remained standing. For decades, the increasingly fragile structure was used for a number of purposes. Beginning in 1964, the dilapidated structure was essentially demolished and rebuilt using more permanent materials.

    With its rotunda flanked by colonnades forming a semicircle around a lagoon, the Palace of Fine Arts is an architectural icon that symbolizes San Francisco to the nation and the world. Numerous television shows and movies have been filmed on the premises, while the interior of the exhibition hall behind the rotunda is a venue for galas, concerts, trade shows, corporate meetings, and other large-scale events.

    Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp showcases a digital illustration by Dan Cosgrove.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 129804

  • Issue:Palace of Fine Arts Stamp
    Item Number:129800
    Denomination &$26.95 Priority Mail Express Rate
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 4 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:February 14, 2022, San Francisco, CA 94188
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:4
    Print Quantity:1,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.085 in/36.068 x 27.559 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.225 in/39.624 x 31.115 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):4.12 x 3.45 in/104.648 x 87.63 mm
    Plate Size:24 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate number in two corners of pane
    Back:©2022 USPS • USPS Logo • Four barcodes (129800) • Plate position diagram (6)• Promotional text

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