U.S. Postal Service continues its Flags of Our Nation series with ten more stamp designs. These stamps feature the flags of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the states of Ohio through Tennessee. These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
The blue flag of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands features the outline of a latte stone (a traditional foundation stone used in building), a five-pointed star, and a wreath. Snapshot art shows sandy beaches with coconut palms.
The state flag is a tapered, swallow-tailed shape, with 17 stars representing when the state joined the Union; the white circle with the red center is an “O” for Ohio. Snapshot art includes a butterfly, milkweed plants, and a stretch of river.
A Native American shield, a peace pipe, and an olive branch appear above the state name on the flag’s blue field. Snapshot art features oil-pumping equipment.
This navy blue flag bears a shield surrounded by 33 stars, with an eagle at the crest of the shield, the words “State of Oregon,” and the date “1859” (the year Oregon became the 33rd state). A beaver appears on the reverse of the flag (not shown). Snapshot art includes camas lilies and Mount Hood.
Centered on the flag’s blue field is the state coat of arms, which features a shield supported by two horses; the shield includes a ship, a plow, and three sheaves of wheat. Snapshot art features white-tailed deer.
The flag of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has five alternating red and white horizontal stripes; a five-pointed star is centered on the blue triangle on the left. Snapshot art includes a Puerto Rican tody, a colorful little bird found throughout the main island.
Centered on the flag’s white field is a gold ship’s anchor surrounded by thirteen stars. Below the anchor is a blue ribbon that displays the word “HOPE,” the state motto. Snapshot art features a sailboat with a spinnaker.
The flag’s blue field features a crescent and a palmetto tree, both in white. Snapshot art evokes a marshy area, with gazebo, near the coast.
On this light blue flag, the state seal is framed by a serrated yellow border and encircled by the words “South Dakota” and “The Mount Rushmore State.” Snapshot art features a herd of bison.
At the center of the red, white, and blue flag are three stars on a white-bordered blue disk. Snapshot art depicts male and female scarlet tanagers.