The Story of the American Flag Through Stamps

Conflict and Exploration

5-cent Flag over White House stamp
The 5-cent Flag Over White House stamp was issued January 9, 1963.
17-cent Woodrow Wilson stamp
The 17-cent Wilson stamp was issued December 28, 1925.

The American flag, established during the country’s struggle for independence from Great Britain, represents American independence and unity. The flag has flown through conflicts, during American-led explorations and in times of peace. The final section of this virtual exhibition showcases historical moments where the flag played a prominent role or where the postage stamp commemorating a specific event incorporates the flag prominently in its design.

As President Woodrow Wilson once stated,

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us-speaks to us of the past, or the men and women who went before us, and the records they wrote upon it.”