Stamp Series Honors Literary Arts
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ ``The cow is of the bovine ilk,
``One end is moo, the other milk.″
Now the writer of lines so camp,
Will find his visage on a postage stamp.
Humorous poet Ogden Nash will be honored by a new stamp in the post office’s literary arts series next August.
The Nash stamp was among dozens announced Tuesday by the U.S. Postal Service. The 2002 stamp program will include the magic of artists old and new, a surfing pioneer, even a magician.
``Stamps and the U.S. mail have always played an important role in facilitating communications and business transactions that help bind our nation together,″ said Cathy Caggiano, executive director, Stamp Services.
Among the releases will be a 50-stamp set, ``Greetings from America,″ with colorful artwork reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s post cards. Each features attractions of the state.
It’s the first set of stamps looking at every state since 1982 when stamps of state birds and flowers were issued. The new greetings stamps will include text on the back listing the state bird, flower, tree, capital city and date of statehood.
Mountains and a bear show Alaska’s face, while a beach, palm trees and the space shuttle present Florida. A cornfield and Chicago’s skyline mark Illinois, Nevada’s has desert plants and a horse with rider, while Virginia’s includes a country fence, cannon and the Oatlands Mansion.
Hawaii’s stamp includes a beach, of course. And speaking of beaches, Olympic gold medalist surfer Duke Kahanamoku will get his own stamp in August.
John James Audubon, famed for his paintings of birds, will have a stamp in his honor in June and modern artist Andy Warhol will be remembered in August.
The artistic work of master black-and-white photographers will appear in a 20-stamp pane in June, the last installment in the post office’s Classic Collection art series.
A stamp featuring musician Irving Berlin will be issued in May.
In July, magician and escape artist Harry Houdini will be remembered on a stamp.
The stamp year will open in January with a set of four winter sports stamps released in Salt Lake City, Utah, scene of the Winter Olympics.
The latest in the Chinese New Year series _ the year of the horse _ and a stamp promoting mentoring of children will also be issued in January.
February is Black History Month and the 25th stamp in the Black Heritage series will honor writer Langston Hughes.
In March there will be a stamp celebrating the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Also expected in February or March is a Happy Birthday stamp.
The Nature America series will continue in April with a set of 10 stamps featuring the longleaf pine forest. Although greatly reduced in size, the longleaf pine forest still occupies parts of its natural range in the coastal plains from southeastern Virginia to eastern Texas.
A set of four Teddy Bear stamps is due in August and in September ``Kirby″ and ``Samantha,″ a puppy and kitten adopted from animal shelters, will appear on the Neuter or Spay stamps, to help spread awareness about the importance of neutering or spaying pets.
Four Women in Journalism stamps _ recognizing the talents of Marguerite Higgins, Ida Tarbell, Ethel Payne and Nellie Bly _ also will appear in September.
That same month will see the American Bats stamps, followed in October by Hawaiian Missionaries stamps.
The 2002 Christmas stamps will feature snowmen and a traditional Madonna and Child by the Flemish artist Jan Gossaert.
The Legends of Hollywood series will continue, but the design and date of issue have not been determined.
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