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.
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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