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'Greetings From Pennsylvania' Postage Stamp to be Celebrated by Postal Service in Harrisburg.

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HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2002

On Thursday, April 4, the Postal Service will issue the Greetings From America postage stamps with an official ceremony in all 50 states.

The Pennsylvania first-day-of-issue stamp ceremony is set for 12 noon on April 4 at The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, in Harrisburg.

While these new stamps honor each of the 50 states, the Harrisburg event will highlight the special role of the Pennsylvania state stamp by program participants Pennsylvania First Lady Kathy Schweiker, Postal Governor LeGree Daniels, and Rose Mape, Executive Director of Tourism Operations, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

"With these colorful, educational stamps, we recall the warm and friendly tradition of postcard and letter greetings exchanged through the mail between friends and family across the miles," said Postal Governor Daniels.

A temporary retail station will be on site at The National Civil War Museum from 10 AM to 2 PM on April 4. The Greetings From America stamp panes, a First Day Issue souvenir envelope, and Greetings From Pennsylvania stamp pin will be available for purchase while supplies last.

The first day of issue postmark and "Pennsylvania Memories Last A Lifetime(R)" special cancellation will be available and can be affixed free of charge to any mailpiece bearing appropriate postage. Admission to the ceremony is free; however, paid admission is required to tour the museum.

Customers can also receive the Pennsylvania first day of issue cancel by mailing their covers to: "Greetings from America Stamp, Postmaster, 1425 Crooked Hill Road, Harrisburg, PA 17106-9998". After applying the first day of issue cancel, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. All mail requests must be postmarked by June 4, 2002.

The Greetings From America stamps combine flora and fauna with local points of interest into collages that celebrate the unique character of each of the 50 states. The designs are reminiscent of the retro "large letter" postcards popular with tourists in the 1930s and 1940s. The flipside of the stamps' backing paper will list each state's bird, flower, tree, capital city and date of statehood.

The release of the stamps on April 4, 2002, will mark the first issuance of a pane of 50 stamps in 10 years. The Wildflowers stamps issued in 1992 continue to hold their place as the second most popular commemorative stamps of all time, behind the Elvis stamp.

The bright colors and creative designs of the Greetings From America stamps hint at the romance of travel and discovery and convey a nostalgia for all aspects of popular American culture.
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