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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
August 25-26, 2001:

Hand-carved stamps.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Richard Byrne of West Chicago loves classic U-S stamps.

"I carve them, in wood, oversize, to show all the details."
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The carvings are about 12 by 14 inches, and maybe two inches 

"I keep finding new issues to carve, mostly older U-S issues, 
and I like to display them, at stamp shows, and at 
wood-carving shows."
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But Byrne would really like to see his carvings housed in a 

"I think it helps support philately, stamp collecting, and I 
think it helps support wood-carving as well."
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The retired Postal Service manager began his hobby six years 
ago, and collects the original stamps that his carvings 
portray -- and that limits his collection.

"The older issues, first and foremost, are ornately engraved, 
beautiful letter, lovely vignettes...everyone of them is an 
historic piece that has a slice of history that once you start 
delving into them you become hooked."
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Byrne is demonstrating his art this weekend at Stampshow 2001 
outside Chicago.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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