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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
March 25-26, 2000:

Old News.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Just the other day, the Postal Service announced it was 
unveiling the Patricia Roberts Harris Black Heritage stamp
at Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

The stamp was issued two-and-a-half months ago. Anyone 
who really wants to see what it looks like can go to a 
post office and plunk down thirty-three cents.

Several times a week, unveilings like this are held 
around the country, for stamps that were issued weeks 
AND months earlier. 

The purpose of these unveilings is publicity, as well as 
community relations. In fact, the Postal Service last year 
combined the two operations into one department. Not only 
do the new or not-so-new stamps get local press, it's a 
chance to involve local politicians and celebrities.

Now, anything that tells more people about stamps and stamp 
collecting is fine with me, and I think these unveilings 
are great. But if you want to find out when new stamps are 
being issued, there are a number of places on the Internet 
to look, including mine: delphi-dot-com-slash-stamps.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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