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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
February 23-24, 2002:

Not Dead Yet.

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

Issued just 10 days before the terrorism attacks, after years 
of lobbying by Muslim-Americans, some postal clerks and customers 
refused to use the Eid stamp. 

Other holiday stamps are reissued with each new rate change, but 
the Postal Service said sales are the key. Muslim-American groups 
pushed their members to buy the stamps, and now, says postal 
official Terry McCaffrey...

"It has become part of our holiday celebrations series, and, like 
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, it will be reissued for the new rate change." 
RUNS: :08

Politicial correctness may have played a role in the decision, but 
the Cinco de Mayo stamp, representing the Hispanic holiday, was 
discontinued after its sales petered out.

Meanwhile, some stamp collectors are wondering whether the Hanukkah 
and Kwanzaa stamps might get new designs this time around. This 
year's religious Christmas stamp will be the Jan Gossaert Madonna 
and Child painting at the Art Institute of Chicago originally 
scheduled for Two Thousand.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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