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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
May 20-21, 2000:

A little knowledge is...well, you know.

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

Earlier this month, the U-S issued four stamps honoring 
distinguished soldiers, one of whom was Alvin York. A few 
days after the stamps were issued at the Pentagon, his 
hometown of Pall Mall, Tennessee, held a cerermony 
honoring him and the new stamp.

Now, in order to buy an Alvin York stamp from the 
Postal Service, you also had to buy one each of Audie 
Murphy, John Hines and Omar Bradley: The stamps came 
only in a block of four.

So, to be helpful, the Sergeant York Patriotic Society 
was offering individual stamps, and used scissors or a 
knife to cut the stamps out of the sheets. Every stamp 
was damaged -- cut too close to the design, making them 
unacceptable to stamp collectors.

The Postal Service is encouraging more and more of these 
local events for new stamps. If your organization is 
involved, contact the American Philatelic Society or a 
local stamp group for advice. The A-P-S is at 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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