1992 USA Presort
- Issued for bulk mailers
- Same design produced by three printers
Category of Stamp: Definitive
First Day of Issue: October 9, 1992
First Day City: Kansas City, Missouri
Quantity Issued: 280,000,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method/Format: Photogravure - coils of 500 and 3,000 from printing cylinders of 432 subjects (18 across and 24 down)
Reason the stamp was issued: This stamp was issued for use by first-class bulk mailers who sorted their mail by ZIP code into quantities of at least 500. This step saved the US Postal Service time and money.
About the stamp design: When considering a new bulk rate stamp, the USPS wanted a different design than the flags or eagles that had been pictured in the past. The concept came from an employee of Sheaff Design. Airbrush artist turned the rough sketch into its present design. The metallic “USA” shows a reflection of a waving flag.
Special design details: The three printings of this stamp are all slightly different in appearance. Stamp #2606 has a light blue background, #2607 has a dark blue, and #2608 is a purple.
First Day City: There was no official ceremony for the release of this stamp, but it was issued at the Philatelic Sales Division in Kansas City, Missouri.