Local post offices to sell new stamps

What do Bette Davis, baseball, and New Year rats have in common? Theyre some of the subjects recognized in the Postal Services 2008 stamp program. The new stamps will eventually make their way to Addison County post offices. Flags of Our Nation: In mid-June, the first of this multiyear series of 60 stamps will begin to wave in Addison Countys post offices. The series highlights the Stars and Stripes, 50 state flags, five territorial flags, and the District of Columbia flag. Celebrating Lunar New Year: The 2008 commemorative stamp program launches in early January by celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year with the issuance of the Celebrating Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat stamp. Charles W. Chesnutt: Later in January, the 31st stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Charles W. Chesnutt, a pioneering writer recognized today as a major innovator. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling and her memoir Cross Creek, Rawlings will be commemorated on Feb. 21 at the site of her Cross Creek, Fla., home. American Scientists: Some of the most impressive scientific achievements of the 20th century will be recognized in April when the American Scientists stamps are issued. Astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) will be among the stellar scientists. American Journalists: Five journalists who risked their lives reporting some of the most important events of the 20th century receive their stamp of approval in April. Old Blue Eyes: The Postal Service honors Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), an Oscar-winning actor and a supreme interpreter of American popular song. Sinatra was a native of Hoboken, N.J.,where the Post Office was renamed in his honor. Wedding Hearts: In 2008, two 2007 Wedding Hearts stamps featuring vines that form the shape of a heart. These stamps are designed especially for mailing wedding invitations and RSVPs and are sure to add an elegant touch to invitations and response cards. Bette Davis: Film diva Bette Davis becomes the 14th inductee into the Legends of Hollywood series on the 100th anniversary of the year of her birth. A consummate actress with a magnetic screen presence, Davis (1908-1989) played a wide variety of powerful and complex roles during her six-decade career. The Art of Disney: With the help of some of Walt Disneys famous animated characters, these four stamps, scheduled to be the fifth and final in the Art of Disney series, illustrate the theme of imagination. Take Me Out to the Ball Game: One of the most popular baseball songs of all time, Take Me Out to the Ball Game celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2008 on postage late next summer.

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