The 40-lire value, printed in red brown and black, illustrates the mastheads of the first issue and the issue of June 29, 1961. The home of The Roman Observer is depicted on the 70-lire stamp, which was printed in light blue and black. The 250-lire denomination has as its design a modern press on which the newspaper was printed at the time of this stamp issue. Yellow and black were the colors chosen for this stamp.
All stamps were designed by Piero Grassellini and printed by the photogravure method at the State Printing Office, Rome. The stamps were arranged in panes of forty (5 x 8) with the inscription at the top of the pane reading one sheet of forty stamps, Value ___ Lire. The stamps were valid for postage until September 30, 1962.
Vatican Notes 10, no. 1 (July-August 1961): 1-2.