This new Presorted Standard stamp showcases easily recognizable design elements from the American flag to create an eye-catching image that conjures the Stars and Stripes and feelings of patriotism. In this vibrant graphic design, red and white stripes appear to radiate from a blue star. While white stars adorn the U.S. flag’s canton, the stamp designer created this star in two shades of blue to give it a three-dimensional look. The Radiant Star stamp includes the words “USA” and “PRESORTED STANDARD” below the design in the same two shades of blue.
The Flag Act of 1818 established that the American flag would have 13 stripes and one star for each new state, added on the Fourth of July following the state’s admission to the Union. It wasn’t until President William Taft signed an Executive Order in 1912 that the proportions of the flag and arrangement of the stars were established. Each star had to have one point going upward as well. The current 50-star flag’s design was created when President Dwight Eisenhower signed an Executive Order in 1959 calling for nine rows of stars staggered horizontally, and 11 rows of stars staggered vertically.
The Presorted Standard rate may be used by mailers of bulk quantities of items such as newsletters or notices and is available in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10,000.
Antonio Alcalá was the art director of the project. The stamp was designed by Carol Beehler.
First Day of Issue Ceremony
First Day of Issue Date: February 19, 2024
First Day of Issue Location: Star, ID
Stamp Art Director
Antonio Alcalá served on the Postmaster General’s Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee from 2010 until 2011, when he left to become an art director for the U.S. Postal Service's stamp development program.
After working as a book designer and freelance graphic designer, Alcalá opened Studio A in 1988. Since then his studio has won awards of excellence in design from local, national, and international design institutions including AIGA, Print, Communication Arts, and Graphis. His clients include: the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, National Portrait Gallery, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, and Smithsonian Institution.
Alcalá is an adjunct faculty member of the Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA program in graphic design, and founder of the design education program DesignWorkshops. He served on the board of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and is a past president of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. The AIGA DC Chapter selected Alcalá as its 2008 AIGA Fellow. His work is represented in the AIGA Design Archives and the Library of Congress Permanent Collection of Graphic Design.
Alcalá graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in graphic design. He lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.
Graphic artist Carol Beehler specializes in the design of books, catalogues, magazines, brochures, and exhibition-related materials.
With a degree in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Beehler worked for many years at the Smithsonian Institution, first as a book designer at the Smithsonian Institution Press and then as art director for publications at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. She has also operated her own design practice and worked at Studio A, a graphic design firm in Alexandria, Virginia.
Beehler lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her family. She has designed two stamps for the U.S. Postal Service: the 2023 Patriotic Block Nonprofit Org stamp and the 2024 Radiant Star Presorted Standard stamp.
First Day Cover
Show your patriotism with this new Radiant Star First Day Cover.
The #6 ¾ envelope bears one Presorted Standard stamp and one 2023 U.S. Flag Forever® stamp cancelled with an official First Day of Issue postmark.
Showcasing recognizable design elements from the American flag, the Radiant Star stamp features red and white stripes radiating from a blue star.
The standard four-bar cancellation marks the date and location of stamp issuance.