2018 U.S. Flag

2018 U.S. Flag

Forever 55¢

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Issue Date: 2/9/2018

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.

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  • 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.

    SKUs featured on this page: 749704

  • Issue:U.S. Flag 2018 Stamp
    Item Number:749700
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Format:Coil of 100 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:February 9, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Kit Hinrichs, San Francisco, CA
    Typographer:Kit Hinrichs, San Francisco, CA
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Printed at:Williamsville, NY
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Coil:100
    Print Quantity:2,000,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Colors:Black, PMS 2145, PMS 186
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.8709 x 0.98 in./22.12 x 24.89 mm
    Plate Size:744 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by three (3) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

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