The second set of The Flags of Our Nation stamps go on sale in September, and I am finally getting around to writing about the first set issued on June 14—Flag Day. These stamps are the first in a 60-stamp series that will be issued over three years. The stamps honor the U.S. flag, and the flags of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut and Delaware.
The flag art was created by Tom Engeman of Bethany Beach, DE, under the guidance of art director Howard Paine of Delaplane, VA. Each stamp design also includes artwork that provides a snapshot view of the area represented by its flag.
In most cases, an everyday scene or activity is shown, but occasionally the view is of something less commonplace—rare wildlife, perhaps, or a stunning vista.
Tom Engeman 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 (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.
Personally, I am extremely disappointed that the Postal Service chose to issue these stamps on a 50-stamp coil, rather than in booklet form, and I would be interested in knowing how this decision has affected stamp sales. I would like to buy these stamps—all of them eventually—but I’m not buying a 50-stamp coil each time the new stamps are issued.
Maybe I should buy the stamps and carefully cut the series apart—ten stamps at at time—and use them for Christmas stocking stuffers. My family thinks I’m nuts anyway …
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