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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
January 30-31, 1999:

Valentine's Day Stickers that also carry the mail.

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

Some traditionalist collectors have dismissed current U-S 
pop culture stamps as nothing but pretty stickers. Well, 
this past Thursday, the Postal Service took that one step 
further and issued its annual Love stamps that DO look more 
like stickers than stamps.

That's because they're self-adhesive and brightly colored, 
resembling Victorian Valentines. They're also not square 
or even round, but shaped like lace Valentines, making them 
the first "die cut" or oddly-shaped U-S stamps ever.

There's one stamp in pink at 33 cents, and another in 
purple at 55, for those big Valentines and wedding 
invitations weighing between one and two ounces.

There will also be 20-cent picture postcards featuring the 
33-cent design, and stamped envelopes featuring a third 
design. The envelopes are available in both note size and 
business size, although whoever heard of Love business 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News 

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