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New “Flags of Our Nation” stamps will wave soon

In the spring of 2008, the U.S. Postal Service will issue ten stamps, the first in a new series of sixty stamps, which will highlight and celebrate the fifty states and their flags. In addition to the state flags, USPS will issue four new Stars and Stripes stamps, and stamps for the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

Spacious Skies with Stars and Stripes 41c stamp

The stamps will unfurl in alphabetical order beginning with Alabama through Delaware. These colorful new stamps will depict the state flags gently waving, and will also offer a brief view of something meaningful to each state. The first Stars and Stripes stamp shows a glimpse of “the spacious skies,” from America the Beautiful.

After the spring launch, the Postal Service will issue ten more stamps in the fall—the District of Columbia to Kansas. The distribution will continue in 2009 and 2010 until all the stamps are issued.

The stamps are designed by artist Tom Engeman of Brunswick, Maryland. Engeman, who has designed 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 (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.

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4 thoughts on “New “Flags of Our Nation” stamps will wave soon

  1. The first set of 10 stamps will be issued on Flag Day, June 14, 2008, and will include the 50-star flag. The first day of issue ceremony will be at Washington, DC, and first day postmarks will bear that city’s name.

    Also this spring, a set of four U.S. flag stamps will be issued to reflect the new first class rate. They will depict the flag flying at four times of day–after dawn, the middle of the day, before sunset, and at night. The flags will not appear whole in occupying the lower left corner of each stamp, and will be captured in realistic moments of waving (compared with the cartoon-like waving flag of the June 14 set).

  2. Thank you for the updated information Wayne. I stopped by the USPS website several weeks ago, looking for the release date, but it wasn’t posted yet. I’m so glad you wrote.

    Writing about flags on stamps is one of my favorite things. But lately my eyes have taken a turn for the worse and even with cheater glasses and a hand-held magnifying glass, I can’t see the images in my “Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps.” Time to see the eye doctor!

  3. That’s a beautiful stamp, with a pure and simple design. Why is the 41 striked through? Do they come like this or is it a copy protection?

  4. The strike-through over the denomination is found on all images supplied by the US Postal Service, so that it cannot be reproduced and used for actual postage.

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