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New stamps feature vintage flag design and Liberty Bell

Vintage Stars and Stripes in the 41-cent denomination

Vintage Stars and Stripes in the 41-cent denomination.

New postage rates go into effect today, and as customary, the Stars and Stripes is featured prominently. The stamp shown at left depicts an American flag waving on a flagpole against a tan background. The design of the flag was adapted from an undated postcard in the ephemera collection of art director Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, a popular and prolific stamp designer for the Postal Service.

This year, U.S. Postal Service issued the Forever stamp, which will always be valid as First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate.

The stamp art depicts the Liberty Bell, which is perhaps the most prominent and recognizable symbol associated with American independence. Over the years, the historic significance of the bell’s message has transcended our national borders, and today the Liberty Bell is an international icon of freedom. Replicas of the Liberty Bell exist in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. In Texas, the replica resides at Texas A & M University.

Liberty Bell Forever Stamp 2007

Liberty Bell Forever Stamp 2007

The stamp art features a computer-generated image of the Liberty Bell by nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman of Brunswick, Maryland. His previous projects for the Postal Service include stamped cards for Carlsbad Caverns National Park (2002), Ohio University (2003), and Columbia University (2003), as well as the 2003 American Eagle definitive stamp, and the National World War II Memorial stamp issued in 2004.

The Liberty Bell has long been a popular motif for U.S. stamps, and putting the Liberty Bell on a forever stamp means this design will be around, well—forever.

Stamp images © 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved.

6 thoughts on “New stamps feature vintage flag design and Liberty Bell

  1. […] many stamps for the Postal Service. He most recently created a computer-generated image of the Liberty Bell for the new 41 cent “forever stamp.” Previous projects for the Postal Service include stamped cards for Carlsbad Caverns National Park […]

  2. […] has designed many stamps for the Postal Service. He created a computer-generated image of the Liberty Bell for the 41 cent “forever stamp.” Other projects for the Postal Service include stamped cards for Carlsbad Caverns National Park […]

  3. There are only a few forever stamp designs printed perhaps the post office should leave a picture for their employees and their customers to check against. While in Old Town Manassas the postal employees, 2, that were working did not recognize this flag forever stamp, but knew what it was worth and charge me 3 cents extra for postage. I took their word for it because I thought they would know since I asked.

  4. I was browsing for pictures of flags and somehow came across this site. do you know of an actually hard cover book about world flags?

  5. I used this stamp on a letter which was returned to me 6 days later marked insufficient postage. When I took it to the post office at 67th and Columbus Ave., NYC, a rather rude employee told me this was a regular stamp because it was marked First Class Postage and not Forever. Could someone please update postal employees on these stamps. Thank you.

    1. The Liberty Bell stamp is a Forever stamp (shown on the stamp), but the Flag stamp is not. Which stamp had you used?

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