Since, the independence of America, stars on the national Flag are going in number as the country added new states. The 50th star was added to the flag of the United States on 4th July 1960 after Hawaii joined the fold.
From 1957 to 1960, the United States Post Office Department issued three stamps showing the national flag, all commemoratives representing the flag then current, and each one different by the number of white stars in the flag’s blue field.
In the year 1957, a 4cents Old Glory stamp was issued. Alaska was admitted into the Union on in the year 1959 and on 4th July of that year, a 4cents a 49-Star Flag stamp was issued. Another 4c issue was placed on sale exactly one year after its most recent Flag stamp predecessor, on 4th July 1960 after Hawaii became the 50th state on 21st Aug1959.
The designs of all three of these stamps were engraved by Charles A. Brooks who engraved many U.S. stamp designs over the course of nearly 30 years at the Bureau.
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