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Star-spangled stamp

Patriotic Block debuts March 1

The Patriotic Block stamp features a representation of the Stars and Stripes.

The Postal Service will release Patriotic Block on March 1. This nondenominated, nonprofit-rate stamp is for business mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations.

The stamp displays the components of the U.S. flag arranged in a four-quadrant block on a white background.

The two identical quadrants at the top left and bottom right contain a white star on a blue field.

The other two each hold three red stripes, which run vertically in the top right quadrant and horizontally in the bottom left.

Carol Beehler designed the stamp with art direction by Antonio Alcalá.

Patriotic Block will be available in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 stamps at Post Offices and