The new series features the flag of District of Columbia, and the the state and territorial flags of Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas.
In June, the first set of stamps in the series was issued, featuring the Stars and Stripes and the state and territorial flags of Alabama through Delaware. The same process will be repeated in 2009 and 2010 for a total of 60 stamp designs.
Artist Tom Engeman of Bethany Beach, DE, created the highly detailed flag portraits on the stamps. Past designs created by Engeman include the National World War II Memorial stamp (2004) and the nation’s first Forever Stamp (2007), featuring the Liberty Bell.
More information about the stamps can be found at the US Postal Service website www.usps.com/shop.
The flag of Hawaii is one of the first state flags I learned to recognize, along with Texas, New Mexico, and Alaska. This is because I loved my father’s monthly Navy Reserve magazine, which was loaded with war photos and that included many from Hawaii and the Pacific theater of action. I must have asked what colors were used in the Hawaiian flag, because the magazine itself was printed in blue ink on shiny paper (I can still smell it in my memory). And I was mesmerized by Victory at Sea which included occasional film snippets from the land of Hawaii.
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