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The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Last month, the Postal Service's Dave Failor gave us a preview of next year's
U-S stamps: Abraham Lincoln, Early Television shows, Edgar Allan Poe, statehoods,
"A program that's very diverse, very colorful, entertaining, education, you know,
all the things you'd want from a well-balanced stamp program."
But Failor also told us there are a few more issues not on the list.
For the past two years, the Postal Service has held back announcing a blockbuster
issue...to get maximum media exposure. This year, it was the Frank Sinatra stamp...
the year before, the Star Wars stamps.
And since the Two Thousand Nine program was unveiled, we've heard rumors of a
Literary Arts stamp for African-American author Richard Wright...and several stamps
for the centennial of the N-double-A-C-P...but no confirmations.
But those don't qualify as blockbusters..sorry...leading me to wonder what ELSE the
Postal Service has planned.
There's speculation it will be a Bob Hope stamp.
And when I asked John Hotchner, a well-known stamp collector who advises the Postal
Service, about that HOPE a year ago...he carefully said, yes, the comedian IS a
likely subject at some point.
"Bob Hope is an American icon who will eventually be honored one way or the other,
so, yeah, you can expect to see that."
But will it be this year? Maybe, maybe not. Or it could be something completely
out of left field, like the 30th anniversary of Star Wars was.
I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
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