The U.S. Postal Service has issued many stamps featuring the five-pointed star. Today we released the latest, called simply, Patriotic Star.
The star is one of the nation’s quintessential symbols, a shining reminder of our indomitable spirit. “When I go out of doors in the summer night, and see how high the stars are,” wrote 19th-century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I am persuaded that there is time enough, here or somewhere, for all that I must do.”
For centuries, the star has been part of this country’s fabric. In 1777, the Continental Congress decreed that “the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, that the Union be thirteen white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation.” As time passed, the number of stars increased. The current U.S. flag has 50 stars, one for each state in the Union.
Designed to look like it is crafted from striped ribbon, the star on the stamp is actually two stars: a smaller one inside a larger one. Both have five points, like the stars on the American flag.
The Patriotic Star stamp is being issued with a First-Class Mail® denomination of 46 cents. It is available now online and in Post Offices around the country as coils of 10,000 or strips of 25 self-adhesive stamps.