Between 1981 and 1985, the United States issued a variety of definitive stamps featuring the American flag or elements of the flag. The denominations ranged from eighteen cents to twenty-two-cents, in each case paying the postage for the first-class mail rate. Unlike many previous definitive issues featuring images of the American flag, many of these stamp issues includes text other than the usual "United States" or "USA." Three of the stamps include select lyrics from Katherine Lee Bates's classic poem and now famous song "America The Beautiful." Another issue, showcasing a broad view of the Capitol building, bears the final lines from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the design's right.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced the stamps of the 1981-1985 Flag issues.