|Tuesday, January 10, 2006 Filed: 10:45 PM
EDT (03:45 GMT)
John Cropper, VSC Staff Reporter
FINDLAY, OHIO --
A mild winter morning in Northwestern Ohio provided the perfect backdrop
for the first U.S. commemorative stamps to be issued in 2006. This was
also the first scheduled dual issue of 2006, in this instance Great
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As members of the Chamberlin Sign Choir look on, Curious
George ponders his celebrity as the Favorite Children’s Book Animals
stamps are unveiled.
Festivities kicked off
promptly at 11:00 AM inside the Mazza Museum of International Art from
Picture Books, located on the cozy campus of the University of Findlay.
Designed especially for children, the museum features illustrative artwork
from many well-known popular children’s books, as well as other works
geared towards the young and young-at-heart. All artwork is strategically
displayed at a height more convenient for young audiences.
David E. Failor,
Executive Director of Stamp Services for the USPS served as Master of
Ceremonies, which commenced with the Presentation of Colors by local Boy
Scout Troop #344, while the Chamberlin (children’s) Sign Choir sang and
signed the national anthem.
Dr. DeBow Freed, President of the University of Findlay, provided opening
comments, followed by Linda A. Kingsley, Vice President of Strategic
Planning for the USPS. After the formal dedication, which included help
from Curious George, Tony Devine, Philatelic Channel Manager for Britain’s
Royal Mail provided additional remarks.
Media coverage of the event included local newspaper and television, as
well as a film crew from Universal, who provided for the guest appearance
by Curious George.
The USPS tables were well-stocked and amply staffed, though the British
stamps sold out quickly. Cancellations for both the U.S. and U.K. were
provided on-site and more than a thousand items including covers, souvenir
programs, posters and books were stamped and cancelled before and after
All children participating in the ceremony left the museum with a gift
bag, lunch and a story that they can tell their children, one of how they
helped to welcome eight colorful, friendly and familiar characters in a
warm and happy museum, once upon a time.