The United States and France are staging a joint issue Friday of commemorative stamps that mark the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.
The first-day-of-issue ceremonies are being held simultaneously on Governors Island, N.Y., and in Paris, with top postal officials of both nations taking part. The new American commemorative, its French counterpart and a French postal card will be on sale at New York City post offices July 4 and nationwide the following day.
The new stamp presents a close-cropped view of Liberty's left profile. It was designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, Va., and is based on a photograph by New Yorker Peter B. Kaplan.
The French version identifies both the engraver and the sculptor, Fre'de'ric Auguste Bartholdi, who worked for 15 years on the design and erection of the statue. He was depicted on a 1985 U.S. commemorative.
The vignette of the common design is in blue, with the accompanying lettering in red on a white background. In keeping with the cooperative nature of the issue, the engraving was done in France. Then the Bureau of Engraving and Printing used it to produce the American stamp by the two-color intaglio process.
There is a one-digit plate number per post office pane of 50 stamps along with the two customary marginal inscriptions.
Collectors of first-day-of-issue cancellations of the 22-cent stamp have the customary 30-day grace period from the day of issue -- orders must be postmarked no later than Aug. 3 -- and the usual alternatives for ordering.
Collectors affixing stamps on their first-day covers, which must be addressed, should send them to Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Statue of Liberty Stamp, Postmaster, New York, N.Y. 10001-9991. No remittance is required.
Collectors preferring full processing by the Postal Service should send their addressed envelopes to Statue of Liberty Stamp, Postmaster, New York, N.Y. 10001-9992. The cost is 22 cents per stamp affixed. Personal checks are accepted, cash is not welcomed and payment by postage stamps is rejected.
Uncanceled French postal cards, at 50 cents each, will be available by mail order from the Philatelic Sales Division until Dec. 31, 1986. The item number is 211. Orders should be sent to Mint French Statue of Liberty Postal Card, Philatelic Sales Division, Washington, D.C. 20265-9998.
The Postal Service is supplying French-canceled French stamps and postal cards at a cost of 35 cents for the stamp and 50 cents for the canceled card. Orders, postmarked no later than Aug. 3, should be sent to French Statue of Liberty Stamp, New York, N.Y. 10001-9993 or French Statue of Liberty Postal Card, New York, N.Y. 10001-9993.
In addition, the Postal Service is supplying combination U.S. and French stamps and cancellations. The service will affix one U.S. and one French stamp to the same cover. The American stamp will be canceled with the U.S. first-day cancellation and the French stamp will receive the French cancellation. The cost is 57 cents for each combination cover. Orders should be sent to Statue of Liberty Combination Covers, New York, N.Y. 10001-9994.
And in conjunction with the French Posts, Telecommunications and Telegraph, the Postal Service is planning a special folder enclosing a block of four mint U.S. Statue of Liberty stamps and a block of four mint French Statue of Liberty stamps. The folder will sell for $3.50, with ordering details still to come.
The following first days of issue are scheduled in the United States and Canada in July. The United Nations has no new issues next month.
United States -- July 3: Wisconsin Territory 14-cent postal card, Mineral Point, Wis. 53565; July 4: Liberty, see above; July 14: Father Flanagan 4-cent Great Americans Series, Boys Town, Neb. 68010.
Canada -- July 23: Canada Broadcasting Corp. single 34-cent stamp. Philatelic Service, Canada Post, National Philatelic Center, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2R8.