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37-Cent Stamps Available

June 20, 2002|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- With higher postage rates set to take effect in two weeks, the Postal Service on Wednesday urged Americans to plan ahead and buy stamps now.

New rates boosting first-class mail by 3 cents to 37 cents take effect June 30.

The post office says billions of 37-cent stamps have been shipped to its offices across the country.

Five different nondenominated stamps good for the 37-cent rate went on sale June 7. They are a U.S. flag stamp and a set of four antique toy stamps, depicting a mail wagon, steam locomotive, taxicab and fire engine.

The agency also has a 3-cent "makeup rate" stamp featuring a star highlighted in red, white and blue. The stamps also can be purchased online at www.usps.comshop or by calling toll free (800) STAMP-24.

Also issued June 7 were the 23-cent Carlsbad Caverns National Park stamped postal card and a 37-cent stamped envelope with a red, white and blue ribbon star in the center.

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