U.S. Postal Service Dedicates Stamp to the Printing Association of Florida
FORT LAUDEDALE, FL – February 24, 2018 – Postmaster David Guiney presented a U.S. Flag Forever stamp to the Printing Association of Florida (PAF) at the Graphics of the Americas 2018 Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL. PAF president Gabriel Hernandez accepted the award on the GOA Expo Stage Accompanying the two men on the stage was an enlarged copy of the stamp, boldly displaying the U.S. Flag.
During his presentation, Mr. Guiney spoke about the flag’s meaning to him and his family as one of his sons proudly serves in the U.S. Navy.
“Since 1957, the Postal Service has produced colorful stamps that celebrate the American flag in all of its beautiful red, white and blue glory. Through this stamp, the Postal Service reminds us all of the importance of showing our patriotism and pride all year round.”
Mr. Hernandez, the PAF president, proudly excepted the dedication. “We thank the U.S. Postal Service for this honor. The Florida printing industry is full of those who have served, or those who have family members that have served this wonderful country as members of the armed forces. The American flag means so much to them and to all of us at the PAF. This beautiful stamp serves as a reminder of the true heroes that ensure we can enjoy peace and prosperity here at home.”
The oversized copy of the stamp now hangs in the PAF headquarters. It features a digital illustration of a flag with crisp folds and a contemporary look. A shadow on the small, visible portion of the back suggests a sense of depth. Kit Hinrichs, a San Francisco artist, created the image.
The U.S. flag first appeared on a postage stamp in 1869, but it wasn’t until 1957 that stamps began featuring full-color images of the flag.