Star-Spangled Banner stamp issued in Independence, Missouri

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The USPS today issued The Star-Spangled Banner First-Class Mail “Forever” stamp in Independence, Missouri. The stamp is printed in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 689000), produced by security printer Ashton Potter and a coil of 100 (Item 789900), produced by security printers Ashton Potter and CCL Label, Inc.

The stamp also goes on sale nationwide today.

This stamp commemorates the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner with a photograph of the flag that flies over Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. This flag is a replica of the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” after realizing Fort McHenry had withstood the British attack of September 13-14, 1814. The picture of the flag was taken against a backdrop of fireworks during an annual celebration of Defenders’ Day. Photographer Gary Clark said it was a challenge to get the fireworks and the flag in the same shot and that “the wind picked up quite a bit that night.” Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp.