2023 Patriotic Block
- Issued to cover the Nonprofit rate for bulk mailings
- Patriotic colors and shapes remind us of the American flag and how important supporting nonprofit organizations is
5¢ Nonprofit (Nondenominated)
First Day of Issue:
March 1, 2023
First Day City:
Liberty, New York
30,000 (Coils of 3,000) & 1,000,000,000 (Coils of 10,000)
American Packaging Corp./Banknote Corporation of America
Coils of 3,000 & Coils of 10,000
Why the stamp was issued:
This stamp was issued to cover the nonprofit rate intended for use on bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations.
About the stamp design:
This stamp design includes the red, white, and blue colors plus stars and stripes of the American flag. It has four quadrants, two identical in the top left and bottom right (white star on blue background) and two other quadrants (bottom left and top right) with red and white stripes going in different directions. The design was created by Carol Beehler.
First Day City:
While this stamp’s First Day of Issue city was Liberty, New York, there was no official First Day Ceremony for it.
History the stamp represents:
When putting together a quilt, the fabric pieces that make up the design are known as quilt blocks. These can be used to create elaborate patterns and shapes to make the quilt more impressive. In 2023, the USPS issued the new nonprofit stamp “Patriotic Block.” The red, white, and blue design resembles quilt blocks and hearkens back to the famous patriotic quilts made by American women throughout our history.
Elizabeth V. Warren, consulting curator at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, said, “There is a strong tradition of patriotic textiles in the United States. Whether made in the 19th
century or in our own, these textiles have allowed American women to express their political feelings and their support for their country.” The first patriotic quilts were liberty quilts made by women during the American Revolution. As official American symbols were established (the US flag, the bald eagle, etc.), those elements made their way into women’s quilts.
As time went on, women made quilts for soldiers fighting overseas. They also made victory quilts at the end of World War II, quilts commemorating the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, and more. The history of such antique patriotic quilts makes them all the more special.