Patriotic Stamps Show U.S. Flag in Every Season

Happy Friday everyone! We are very pleased to announce that the 2013 flags stamps, A Flag for All Seasons, are now available in coil format. (They will be released in sheets later this month.)

FlagsSeasons-2013-Forever-block4-BGv2Show your patriotism and love for the Stars and Stripes with these lovely little beauties. You can find them now in Post Offices around the country, or .

These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate, which is currently 46 cents.

A Flag for All Seasons Unveiling Tomorrow

FlagsSeasons-2013-Forever-block4-BGv2You are invited to join us tomorrow, Friday, May 3, at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts, for the release of the new . The museum is located on the campus of Regis College, about 30 minutes from downtown Boston.

The stamps will be dedicated by Boston Postmaster James Holland. Also in attendance will be the Country School of Weston and the U.S. Postal Service Color Guard.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking, which is also free, is available in front and in back of the museum. The ceremony will begin at noon; exhibits open for viewing at 11 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

Old Glory Waves Year-round on New 2013 Stamps

Here’s your first look at A Flag for All Seasons, a set of four Forever® stamps that show Old Glory waving proudly throughout the year against a backdrop of trees. The stamps will be released later this year,

FlagsSeasons-2013-Forever-block4-BGv2The stamp art, gouache on illustration board, is the work of Laura Stutzman, who used personal photographs of the flag as art reference. The seasons are reflected in the colors of the leaves on the trees or, in the case of the flag in winter, the lack of leaves on the background trees. Stutzman’s previous project for USPS was the Flags 24/7 issuance in 2008.

That’s it for the 2013 stamp reveals for this week. We’ll pick up again next week!

Flags of Our Nation Stamps Pay Homage to “America the Beautiful”

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

Do you recognize these words? They are the opening lines of one of the best-known patriotic songs in the U.S., “America the Beautiful,” written by Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929). They also inspired the look of the four Stars and Stripes stamps in the recently completed Flags of Our Nation series: “spacious skies” in 2008, “amber waves of grain” in 2009, “purple mountain majesties” in 2010, and “the fruited plain” in 2012.

Feel like wearing your patriotism in 2012? Today’s your lucky day because we’ve got two Size Medium Flags of Our Nation t-shirts (featuring the “fruited plain” Stars and Stripes on the front and the stamps from Set 6 on the back) to give away. All you have to do is answer the following question correctly:

The Flags of Our Nation series includes a total of sixty stamps: four depicting the Stars and Stripes, fifty featuring official state flags, and six others. What are the six others?

Send your answers to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. We will select two winners at random. Deadline for entries is midnight EDT on Wednesday, August 29. Good luck!

A Series Coming to an End

On August 16, the U.S. Postal Service completes its Flags of Our Nation series with the issuance of the last set of ten stamp designs. The stamps in Set 6 feature the flags of Texas, Utah, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Stars and Stripes. In all, sixty stamps were issued in six separate sets of ten designs.

The sixty stamps in the Flags of Our Nation series include four depicting the Stars and Stripes, fifty featuring official state flags, and one for each of the following: the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to the flag art, each stamp design includes artwork that provides a “snapshot view” of the state or other area represented by that flag, many of which feature rare wildlife and scenic landscapes.

The sixth and final set in the series will be issued on August 16 at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow in Sacramento, California. The Forever® stamps are online at the Postal Store.