The 13-cent Alaska State Flag stamp (Scott 1681) was designed by 13-year old John Bell (Benny) Benson and adopted on May 2, 1927. On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state in the Union.
The blue background represents the sky and the Forget-Me-Not, Alaska’s state flower. On that background are eight gold stars representing the Big Dipper, which forms part of the constellation Ursa Major or Great Bear, symbolizing strength, and the North Star, representing the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the Union.
Scott 2005 Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps and Covers
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