Purple Heart Stamp Redesigned for 2012

2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon

Those of you with an astute eye will have noticed that the 2012 Purple Heart Medal Forever® stamp, which was released September 4, is a redesign of the 2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp. To emphasize the brilliant purple appearing on the medal and in its ribbon, designer Jennifer Arnold slightly enlarged the Purple Heart medal and placed it on a pure white background. “When applied to an envelope,” says Ms. Arnold, “the stamp edges disappear, leaving the medal and ribbons of type hanging free.” We love the new treatment.

You can read more about the redesign of the stamp and a history of Purple Heart postage stamps at Beyond the Perf.

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