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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
May 8-9, 1999:

Showing off to the folks overseas.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

Some collectors complain that U-S stamps should be 
celebrating America's history, culture and natural beauty, 
but instead are showcasing cartoon characters, kids' 
interests and commercial products. Well, without getting 
into the middle of THAT argument, this week, the Postal 
Service issues some items that should satisfy traditionalists:  
A Mount Rainier (RAY-neer) postal card and a Voyageurs 
National Park aerogramme.  That's a postpaid sheet of thin 
paper on which to write your letter.  Coming up sometime in 
the future are stamps for the Grand Canyon and Rio Grande.

The Niagara Falls stamp is being issued at Niagara Falls, 
appropriately enough....but the postal stationery for the 
parks in Washington and Minnesota is being issued in Denver.  
Why Denver? There's a major stamp show there next weekend.

There's just one hitch:  These stamps and stationery are for 
use on cards and letters going overseas.  Chances are you 
won't see them on the mail coming into your home.

And that's stamp collectiong this week.  

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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