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Long May It Wave

Long May It Wave: The Story of The American Flag Through Stamps

"In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave"

From the second verse of The Star-Spangled Banner

Created By

Amanda Hagy

Research Intern

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Alexander T. Haimann

Collections Specialist

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Miller Collection

The 30-cent 1869 Pictorial Issue stamp was the first American postage stamp to feature an American flag in its design. (Scott 121)