On July 13, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Jaime Escalante First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps .
The U.S. Postal Service honors Jaime Escalante (1930–2010), the East Los Angeles teacher whose inspirational methods led supposedly “unteachable” high school students to master calculus. The digital illustration by Jason Seiler depicts Escalante in a style meant to resemble an oil painting. The illustration is based on a photograph taken by Jaime W. Escalante, on May 6, 2005, in the actual classroom at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California, where his father formerly taught. The story of Jaime Escalante and his students attracted national attention with the release of the 1988 movie, Stand and Deliver. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Jason Seiler.
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 800-782-6724. 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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by September 13, 2016.
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:
- 473806, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $84.60 (print quantity 1,500).
- 473810*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95.
- 473816*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.
- 473821*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.
- 473824*, Framed Art, $39.95.
- 473830*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.
- 473833*, Panel, $10.95.