Philosateleia
Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

American flag stamp puzzle completed

Years ago—at this point, I’m not certain exactly when it was, but I’m pretty sure that more than a decade has passed—my sister gave me a stamp-themed puzzle. I had never put it together, but over the past week and a half worked on it as time permitted, and finally finished assembling it.

The 550-piece puzzle features hundreds of tiny images of stamps overlaid on an American flag background.

American flag stamp puzzle
American flag stamp puzzle
American flag stamp puzzle detail
American flag stamp puzzle detail

I started by assembling the border, then the blue portion of the flag (since there were were far fewer pieces in that section). After that, I worked on pieces where the background was exclusively red or exclusively white. Finally, I filled in the gaps.

The most challenging aspect of this puzzle is that some of the stamps are reproduced multiple times. I would see part of a stamp on a puzzle piece and think to myself, hey, I saw the other part of that stamp a few seconds ago—but then discover that although I’d seen the same design, it was a different instance of the design, and the two puzzle pieces didn’t go together. Completing it was satisfying.

So, what’s next for this puzzle? My plan is to give it away in the next issue of the Philosateleian Post Horn so that another collector can have a go at putting it together.

Published 2021-06-27

Comments

Mommajil (2021-07-04 13:47):

Love this puzzle! We worked it several years back. It’s hanging in my son’s house now. What a lovely memory for the 4th of July! Thanks

Kevin Blackston (2021-07-04 22:40):

It’s a challenging one, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

stud (2021-07-08 18:13):

I would cherish this puzzle..........

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