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A year of issues to be appreciated

Each year, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates a broad range of subjects and people in its stamp program. From the forest floor to the heavens and everywhere in between, our colorful, far-flung world has been miraculously shrunk to the size of a few postage stamps.

The year 2007 is continuing the philosophy of the Postal Service with a variety of stamps emphasizing the wonders of America -- from the first English settlement in Jamestown 400 years ago to the Legends of Hollywood and from the magical "Art of Disney" to the disappearing essential plant pollinaters, such as birds, bees, butterflies and bats.

What a way to start off the year -- with the continuing issuance of annual love stamps. The 2007 design featured a Hershey's kiss on a red heart. On the heart is the word "Love."

At this point we have reached the halfway mark in the schedule. So, let us look back at the colorful stamps, and look forward to the upcoming schedule.

In January was a tribute to the great singer Ella Fitzgerald in the "Black Heritage Series." Known as the "First Lady of Song," her extraordinary vocal range and rhythmic sense made her a favorite of fans worldwide.

This year also saw the issuance of a souvenir sheet of two 84-cent international letter rate stamps to commemorate polar year 2007-08.

In March a special stamp honored Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) as the 23rd recipient in the "Literary Arts Series." He is considered the un-crowned poet laureate of 19th century America.

A souvenir sheet commemorated the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown by English colonists in 1607. The names of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas made this an exciting and romantic story.

Previous columns featured stamps hailing Pacific Coast lighthouses, James Stewart and superheroes of Marvel Comics.

Coming up for the next half of the year will be the Art of Disney, speed boats, and a special stamp honoring recently deceased President Gerald Ford.

The year ends with the usual traditional Christmas stamp of the Madonna and Child, and holiday knits showing winter apparel.

We will keep you posted on the details of all the new stamps.

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