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Post Office Will Put Its Stamp on the Event

January 14, 2005|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The post office is doing some flag-waving for President Bush's second inauguration.

The agency is offering an inaugural keepsake commemorative, featuring an envelope bearing photos of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The envelope, designed to look like a presidential campaign postcard from the early 1900s, will carry a Jan. 20 postmark.

Also included in the $11.95 keepsake set will be an "Old Glory" booklet containing 20 stamps featuring the U.S. flag plus a narrative and about 100 photos illustrating the nation's heritage.

The photographs illustrate historical patriotic themes and were taken from collections at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as well as other collections.

The 37-cent stamps, first issued in 2003, include five designs:

* A 19th century hand-painted carving of a woman holding a sword and flag.

* An 1888 presidential campaign badge with a photo of Benjamin Harrison.

* The top portion of a commemorative bookmark woven at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

* An example of 20th century folk art featuring Uncle Sam riding a high-wheel bicycle.

* A modern folding fan with a flag design.

The keepsakes will be on sale in Washington, Crawford, Texas, and large post offices across the country.

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