Arago: The Stars and Stripes Forever Issue

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The Stars and Stripes Forever Issue

The Postal Service issued a 32-cent stamp saluting "The Stars and Stripes Forever!" march on August 21, 1997, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with STAMPSHOW '97, the annual convention of the American Philatelic Society.

The stamp features an imaginary scene of a small town marching band with the United States flag pictured in the background.

The stamp pays tribute to John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever!" march, which premiered in Sousa's repertoire in Philadelphia on May 14, 1897.

Designed by Richard Sheaff of Norwood, Massachusetts, and illustrated by David LaFleur of Derby, Kansas, the stamp was issued in a pane of fifty and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Painting in the gravure process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (July 17, 1997).


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