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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations August 7-8:

The Solar Eclipse.

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

The last total solar eclipse of the millenium occurs this 
Wednesday, and will be seen in much of Europe. A number of 
countries have issued or are issuing stamps to mark the 

Britain's souvenir sheet of four stamps comes out the day 
of the eclipse itself, reproducing a stamp of Saturn it 
issued this past Tuesday.

France issued its solar eclipse stamp a month ago at the 
international stamp show in Paris.

Earlier in the year, Hungary -- one of the best vantage 
points for observing the eclipse -- issued its own 
souvenir sheet. What NASA calls the "instant of greatest 
eclipse" will occur in neighboring Romania, which has 
issued two stamps for the occasion. 

The American First Day Cover Society next weekend holds 
its annual show and convention, this year in Indianapolis. 
A first day cover is a special envelope or card, canceled 
with the date a stamp was first issued.  The Americover 
show is a "must" for collectors of this popular specialty.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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