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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations September 7-8, 2002:

Love And September 11th

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

This week, we'll all be asking ourselves and each other where we were last
year when terrorists attacked the United States.

Stamp designer Michael Osborne of San Francisco had just gotten the
assignment to design the new Love stamps the week before, and he worked on
them when he returned to work after September 11th.

"That was very therapeutic, working on the word Love, over and over and
over, and all the colorful, bright ideas that I came out with, I think, were
a result of that."
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The new stamps -- one for one-ounce letters, one for two-ounce envelopes,
such as wedding invitations or exotic greeting cards -- show the letters
L-O-V-E in fancy lettering. No doves, swans, Cupids, flowers or hearts.

The first U-S Love stamp, in 1973, had a similar design: Just the word.

Even some non-collectors feel it's very important to put just the right
stamps on their big-event invitations, so the Postal Service always tries to
have Love stamps available for the current first-class rate.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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