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New stamp honors U.S. flag

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The U.S. Flag stamp features a digital illustration of a flag with crisp folds and a shadow to suggest a sense of depth.

The Postal Service dedicated its latest U.S. Flag stamp last week in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

South Florida District Acting Manager Timothy Costello, who led the dedication ceremony, noted flag stamps are a longtime USPS tradition.

“Since 1957, the Postal Service has produced colorful stamps that celebrate the American flag in all of its beautiful red, white and blue glory,” Costello said. “Through this stamp, the Postal Service reminds us all of the importance of showing our patriotism and pride all year round.”

The ceremony was held Feb. 9 at an American Stamp Dealers Association show. Dana Guyer, the association’s executive director, served as master of ceremonies.

The stamp features a digital illustration of a flag with crisp folds and a contemporary look. A shadow on a small, visible portion of the flag’s back suggests a sense of depth. Kit Hinrichs, a San Francisco artist, created the image.

The U.S. flag first appeared on a postage stamp in 1869, but it wasn’t until 1957 that stamps began featuring full-color images of the flag.

The U.S. Flag stamp is available in booklets of 20 and coils of 100. The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

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