The U.S. Postal Service recently announced it will issue its forthcoming Patriotic Spiral First-Class Forever stamp in booklets of 10 stamps for consumers and self-adhesive coils of 10,000 stamps for businesses.
Both formats will be available Aug. 19, when a formal dedication ceremony will take place in Falls Church, Virg., and Kansas City, Mo.
This “festive and energetic” stamp design features 50 blue and red stars spiralling around a central gold star on a white background. The idea for the design was to illustrate a community of stars protectively orbiting a central star that in an abstract sense stands for our nation’s steadfast idealism and hope for a more perfect union. Antonio Alcalá, of Alexandria, Virg., served as art director for the project with art and typography by Polygraph, a Washington, D.C. design firm.
The Patriotic Spiral Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current U.S. first-class mail one-ounce price.