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Literacy Postcard Unveiled

March 23, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Barbara Bush joined the postmaster general Thursday in unveiling a 15-cent postal card that promotes the fight against illiteracy.

The card depicts a globe atop a book and the legend, ″The world is an open book.″ It also shows a computer with this message on the screen: ″Literacy: a stronger future, a better world.″

Postmaster General Anthony M. Frank said the card ″marks the start of an intensified on-going program by the Postal Service ... to help stamp out illiteracy.″

″If reading was not an integral part of our lives, the Postal Service would be out of business,″ Frank said.

Mrs. Bush said President Bush was commited ″to wipe (illiteracy) out before the end of the century.″

The Postal Service has printed 15 million of the four-color cards.

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