From the Postal Bulletin:
On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Global: Sea Surface Temperatures Forever® International rate stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 116900).
The U.S. Postal Service® introduces Global: Sea Surface Temperatures, a new Forever international rate stamp. Issued at the $1.15 price that went into effect January 26, 2014, this Global Forever stamp can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. As with all Global Forever stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use.
This round stamp features a visual representation of our planet’s sea surface temperatures. It shows the Earth with North America at the center and parts of South America, Asia, and Europe just visible on the edges, surrounded by vivid bands of color throughout the oceans. The image is one frame in a 1,460-frame animation created from the output of a computer model of Earth’s climate by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Art director William J. Gicker designed the stamp.
Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Global: Sea Surface Temperatures stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at , or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by June 21, 2014.
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at , or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to: