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22-cent Flag Over Capitol

Sheet and coil versions of a 22-cent stamp depicting the American flag flying over the United States Capitol were issued March 29, 1985, in Washington, DC. The dedication ceremony was held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building.

A 22-cent vending machine booklet stamp featuring a similar design was issued the same day in Waubeka, Wisconsin. The booklet stamp was the width of two ordinary booklet stamps and was contained in the first US booklet pane to offer a single row of five stamps.

The design for both the sheet and coil stamps featured a view of the Capitol from about dome height, with the city of Washington and the Washington Monument in the background. A large US flag the width of the design image was depicted in the foreground, with "USA" and "22" in two lines of black type to the right.

The stamp was designed by Frank Waslick of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; typographer was Bradbury Thompson; art director was Leonard Buckley; modeler was Frank Waslick; engravers were Thomas Hipschen (vignette) and Robert G. Culin, Sr. (lettering and numerals). The intaglio process was used. The stamp was issued in panes of 100; and in coils of 100, 500, and 5,000.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (February 28, 1985).


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