For more than half a century, U.S. stamps have depicted the American flag in vivid red, white, and blue.
This eye-catching new issuance continues that tradition with a striking graphic design of a flag.
The digital illustration by Kit Hinrichs shows a flag with crisp folds and a contemporary look, with a
shadow on the small, visible portion of the back to suggest a sense of depth.
Although the American flag had appeared on U.S. stamps as far back as 1869, usually as a small
element in a larger vignette, it was only in 1957 that the U.S. Post Office Department developed a quick
and economical way to produce bicolor or multicolor stamps that could depict the flag in its true red,
white, and blue, thanks to a special press acquired from Switzerland by the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing. In the decades since, multicolored flags have become a consistent motif on U.S. postage.
Whether paired with famous landmarks, shown against inspiring vistas, placed in their historical
context, or used as a graphic element in a larger design, the flags on U.S. stamps connect us to our
nation’s history and serve as icons of patriotism for generations to come.
Ethel Kessler served as art director for this stamp, which will be issued as a Forever® stamp. This
Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.