1960 4¢ 50-Star U.S. Flag
Issue Date: July 4, 1960
City: Honolulu, Hawaii
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Dark blue and red
The last star of the current U.S. flag was added on July 4, 1960, to symbolize Hawaii’s admission as the 50th state. This stamp marks the first time a 50-star flag is pictured on a U.S. stamp.
The 50-Star Flag Marks Hawaii’s Admission to the Union
When Hawaii became the 50th state to join the Union on August 21, 1959, the nation’s flag needed to be updated from 49 to 50 stars. The person credited with creating our current 50-star flag’s design is Robert Heft of Ohio. Heft was a student when he created the design for a school project. His teacher gave him a “B minus” for his efforts, but promised a higher grade if Heft could get Congress to accept his design. He succeeded. Heft’s original, hand-sewn flag has flown over the White House during five different administrations, every state capital building, and over 88 U.S. embassies. Heft was offered up to $350,000 for the flag, but never sold it.