This 2018 issuance honors the millions of Americans, both at home and abroad, who participated in World War I, the seminal conflict of the twentieth century. The United States, despite remaining neutral until 1917 and not engaging in major combat until 1918, helped end the four-year global conflict (1914-1918) and emerged from it as a major world power.
The stamp art features a close-up of a member of the American Expeditionary Force holding the U.S. flag. Barbed wire can be seen in the background, as well as an airplane in flight and smoke rising up from the battlefield.
The American Expeditionary Force, which ultimately grew to nearly five million troops, did not see major action until the spring of 1918. Then in six months of intense combat, some 53,000 Americans died on the battlefield, and American troops played an indispensable role in turning the tide of war in favor of the Allies.
Mark Stutzman painted the artwork in airbrush on illustration board, a technique that evokes the propaganda posters used during World War I. Art director Greg Breeding designed the issuance.
The World War I: Turning the Tide stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA
SKUs featured on this page: 477404
|Issue:||World War I: Turning the Tide Stamp|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||July 27, 2018, Kansas City, MO 64108|
|Art Director:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Designer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Typographer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Artist:||Mark Stutzman, Mountain Lake Park, MD|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Printed at:||Williamsville, NY|
|Press Type:||Muller A76|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||20,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag|
|Processed at:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Colors:||Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 5473c Blue, PMS 1795c Red, PMS 4505c Gold|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||5.92 x 7.88 in./150.37 x 200.15 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||11.84 x 23.89 in./300.74 x 606.81 mm|
|Plate Size:||240 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“P” followed by seven (7) digits|
|Front:||Plate number in two corners • Header: World War I – Turning the Tide|
|Back:||©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (477400) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text|
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