USPS Illinois Statehood Bicentennial Issue

USA 2018-03-05
USA 2018-03-05,
Illinois Statehood
Bicentennial

On March 5, 2018 the US Postal Service issued a new stamp marking the Illinois statehood bicentennial. The first class, non-denominated “Forever” issue is a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) design.  Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, Illinois is the 6th most populous US state and 25th largest in terms of land area. While the state’s largest population area is around Chicago in the northeast, the the capitol is Springfield, located in the center area of the state.

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood. Known as the Prairie State, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union on December 3, 1818. The stamp art features an outline of the state map with a series of yellow beams radiating upward like the rays of a rising sun.  The colors on the map begin at the bottom with a deep yellow. The color fades upward to pale yellow and then into pale blue, with increasingly deeper blues rising to the top of the map; the yellows and blues symbolize the dawning of a new day as the state joins the Union. Stars, representing the first 20 states, grace the top of the stamp. The rising sun symbolizes the 21st star.

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