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Defining Definitives

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

Definitive stamps aren't flashy, but they're the workhorses of the postal service 
stamp drawer: They're often issued in denominations like one cent, two cents, and 
so on -- useful when there's a rate change or an odd charge . They're usually 
smaller and around much longer than commemoratives.

They're often issued in series, a single theme and similar designs. One of the 
classics was the Presidential series of the 1930s, with the presidents in order. 
Washington was the one-cent, Adams the two, Lincoln the 16, and so on. It was so 
influential that even Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, 
can say

"I still know the presidents in order because of the Prexy series."
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Currently, the Postal Service is giving us Distinguished Americans and American 
Design stamps for specific rates...and, occasional stamps featuring plants, animals, 
birds and, of course, flags. 

They're the stamps you see most often on your mail, even junk mail.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more about stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com

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