This is the new US Flag 2018 For more than half a century, U.S. stamps have depicted the American flag in vivid red, white, and blue. This eye-catching new issuance continues that tradition with a striking graphic design of a flag. Although the American flag had appeared on U.S. stamps as far back as 1869, usually as a small element in a larger vignette, it was only in 1957 that the U.S. Post Office Department developed a quick and economical way to produce bicolor or multicolor stamps that could depict the flag in its true red, white, and blue, thanks to a special press acquired from Switzerland by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Ethel Kessler served as art director for this stamp, which will be issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.