Sunrise (Dawn) Noon (Midday) Sunset (Dusk) Night
This strip of nine, with the plate number centered,
is the format that many collectors will save.

DATA IS STILL TENTATIVE  -  Click on the above scan of four for a detailed image.

42¢  24/7 American Flags
(Avery Dennison)
Self Adhesive Coil of 100
Scott # 4243a Strip of 4, Plate # V1111, V2222 on the 'Sunrise' flag stamp.
Scott # 4240
Scott # 4241
Scott # 4242
Scott # 4243
Flag at Dusk (Sunset)
Flag at Night
Flag at Dawn (Sunrise) - Plate Number on this stamp
Flag at Midday (Noon)
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Flag / Patriotic
Issue Date & City April 18, 2008, Washington, DC 20066 (No First Day of Issue Ceremony)
Nationwide Sale April 18, 2008
Designer Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Art Director Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Typographer Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Artist Laura Stutzman, Mountain Lake Park, MD
Modeler Avery Dennison, SPD
Engraver Southern Graphics System
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring 2008 / Coil of 100 - 1 Billion stamps (10 million coils)
Coil Size 100
Printer Avery Dennison, (AVR)
Press Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)
Process Gravure
Where Printed AVR, Clinton, SC
Where Processed AVR, Clinton, SC
Plate Size & Interval Coil of 100 - 504 stamps per revolution / plate # every 20 stamps
Paper Type Prephosphored, Type II, Surface Coated
Adhesive Type Pressure Sensitive
Tagging Type Prephosphored, Smooth Tagging
Die Cut Gauge Serpentine Die Cuts - 8.4 Vertically, Peak/Valley (PV) and Valley/Peak (VP)
Colors Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black
Image Size (w x h) 0.730 x 0.840 in./18.54 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.870 x 0.982 in./22.098 x 24.942 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use April 18, 2008
USPS Order Numbers 785941 Full Coil of 100 - 42.00
785963 First Day Cover - Set of 4 stamps, $3.20
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City / Providence / Tucson and many local post office
Official Announcement On April 18, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue 42-cent, definitive stamps, Flags 24/7, in four designs. These stamps will be available in the following formats:
  • Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 100 (Item 785900).
  • PSA coil of 3,000 (Item 786000).
  • PSA coil of 10,000 (Item 786100).
  • Water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 3,000 (Item 786800).

The stamps, designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, go on sale nationwide April 18, 2008.

Each of the four First-Class® stamps features a paint­ing by Laura Stutzman of Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, of an American flag flying at a different time of day: sunrise, noon, sunset, and night.

In 1942, Congress passed a resolution establishing a code of flag etiquette. The code states in part that the American flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset every day, weather permitting, but especially on days of national importance like Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. Congress also decided that “when a patriotic effect is desired,” the flag can be flown through the night if properly lit. Although compliance is voluntary, public observation of the code’s measures is widespread throughout the nation.

Die Cut Varieties On some Avery rolls a dramatic die cut shift takes place between the left side of the coil and the right side. Click here to see this on a strip of four.
Note V2222 was discovered in late December, 2008.  Both die cut varieties confirmed in January, 2009.
How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, or at The Postal Store®Web site at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
PO BOX 92282
WASHINGTON DC 20090-9998
After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by June 19, 2008.
How to Order First Day Covers
Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers fornew stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products
There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
  • 785963, first day cover (set of 4), $3.20.
  • 786063, first day cover (set of 4), $3.20.
  • 786163, first day cover (set of 4), $3.20.
  • 786863, first day cover (set of 4), $3.20.
Distribution: Not Yet Available