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 Everything about U.S Flag Stamps

U.S Flag Stamps

Do you know what is the most popular, yet enduring stamp in the US?  Maybe you already know the answer-the U.S Flag Stamps. 

U.S Flag Stamps have become popular for a long time . They are so popular that the most frequently encountered counterfeit is also the Flag Stamp.

Have you ever thought of why they are so popular among people?

Before getting the answer, the following facts may assist you in finding the secret out.

The flag displayed on the U.S Flag Stamps

No matter which stamps you are buying, USPS forever stamps of 100 postage stamps, 2020 US Flag Stamps, or 2021 Flag Stamps, they have one thing in common. That is-Flag pattern. 

I know you want to say I’m kidding, they are flag stamps, of course, they got a flag on the stamp!

Let’s get to know some basic facts about the U.S flag.

On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army hoisted a flag over the base at Prospect Hill when they lay siege to British-controlled Boston. The grand union flag, with 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner, became the first known flag representing a new country.

The Continental Congress passed an act for establishing an official flag for the United States the on June 14, 1777. “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

And that was a fresh beginning for the U.S flag. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman also officially declared June 14 as Flag Day.

The U.S flag involves 13 horizontal strips of red alternating with white. In the upper left, there is a blue rectangle in the canton with 50 small, white five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows.

Fifty stars on the flag represent the 50 American states, while the 13 stripes represent the 13 British colonies that became the first states in America after declaring independence from Great Britain.

The colors used in the design are – White, Old Glory Blue, and Old Glory Red. About the meaning behind the colors of the American flag, it is said that Old Glory Red symbolizes hardiness and valor. It is like the red blood shed by those who have fought to protect their freedom and country. White represents purity and innocence, which means America holds to its ideals. Old Glory Blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Now days we can see the U.S flag displayed everywhere: inside the house it may be used as a decoration. However, before the Civil War, the flag was rarely seen except for government buildings or ships and military forts. Army wasn’t allowed to carry the American flag into battle even during the American War of Independence and War of 1812.

It was not until 1861 that the American flag was allowed to leave with the Union troops after the shots at Forts Sumter. The flag has been carried across northern cities, which spurred the so-called “ Flagmania” wave. Consistently, the sales of flags increased incredibly.

The flag is not just a piece of fabric with some printed colorful patterns, it is the symbol of a country, a sign of pride and patriotism. From the design of the U.S Flag, we can read the history and value of the United Stated – Freedom and Bravery. I think that is why U.S Flag Stamps are so popular and enduring among people.

For U.S Flag Stamps collection, there are different kinds of flag stamps that you can chose from.

2017 U.S Flag Stamps

With USPS long-standing tradition, 2017 flag stamps show the flag fluttering in the breeze, a very detailed and close-up photograph.

2018 U.S Flag Stamps

Compare to the 2017 flag stamps, 2018 flag stamps have changed the design greatly, a striking graphic design with 2 crips folds. The flags, shown from a low-angle perspective, billowing in the wind, evoke a sense of reverence and honor. The U.S. Flag stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

2019 U.S Flag Stamps

The stamp continues the tradition, featuring the U.S. flag, one of several on the flagpoles near the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, waving in a May breeze. The U.S. Flag stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

2022 U.S Flag Stamps

The stamps feature the billowing flag in the breeze, celebrating the U.S. flag as usual.  The U.S. Flag stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

 You can buy all these flag stamps on forever stamp store online.

 The U.S Flag Stamps are always worth collecting not only because they are beautiful, useful, but also precious and meaningful.

 Just like what I have mentioned above, flag is more than just a piece of fabric, it’s the symbol of a country. For the U.S, flags are the symbol of freedom, bravery, innocence and justice.

 Just like what Pauline Hanson said:

“To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.”

 Keep the flag inside your heart always.  Keep it inside your house. If you can’t, at least you can keep a flag stamp inside your pocket.

Reference:

[1] The Evolution of the American Flag

[2] Stamp Announcement 19-06: U.S. Flag 2019 Stamp

[3] USPS Issues New Forever U.S. Flag Stamps

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