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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations Nov. 13-14, 2004

Stamp One For The Gipper

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

During his acting career, Ronald Reagan was nowhere near as big a stars as Henry Fonda and 
Greta Garbo, but, judging from the advance hoopla, he's got them beat as the star of next 
year's U-S stamps.

Reagan is being honored, of course, as a former president, while Fonda is going to be on 
next year's Legends of Hollywood stamp and Garbo's centennial is being noted with a joint 
issue with her native Sweden.

A few days after Election Day, the Postal Service made public the designs of most of next 
year's stamps, but held the Reagan design for the following week, with a ceremony at the 
presidential library featuring Nancy Reagan. And that's the Two-Thousand-Five stamp people 
are talking about.

There were two preliminary designs, says Reagan Foundation chairman Frederick Ryan -- one 
serious, one smiling.

"People usually remember Ronald Reagan with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye 
and that's what the stamp shows."
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That choice seems to be a hit.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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