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HITCHCOCK STAMP PUTS TOWN ON MAP

What's in a name? A lot of work for the post office in tiny Hitchcock, which is getting hundreds of requests from stamp collectors to hand-cancel stamps and commemorative envelopes honoring movie director Alfred Hitchcock.

Postmaster Kathy Price hand-cancels the Hitchcock postage stamps with a special ink stamp that prints out the movie director's famous profile and the words "Suspense Station, Hitchcock, S.D. 57348, August 4, 1998."

That was the first day the U.S. Postal Service offered the Hitchcock stamp to the public.

Ms. Price said she knew offering the special cancellation -- available through Sept. 4 -- would interest collectors.

Hand-cancellation requests have come to Hitchcock (population: 100) from as far away as Germany, France and Italy.

Many collectors ask whether the master of movie suspense was born in Hitchcock. The late director was born in London in 1899. He died in 1980.

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