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July 29, 1986 | From Reuters
Sixteen million postage stamps with a face value of $400,000 are being destroyed in Kampala because they inaccurately depict some of Uganda's fish.
July 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A group representing about 50,000 black people on Mexico's Pacific coast demanded that President Vicente Fox apologize for a set of postage stamps featuring a black comic book figure that U.S. civil rights groups have called racist. In a letter, the group said that the character "Memin Pinguin rewards, celebrates, typifies and cements the distorted, mocking, stereotypical and limited vision of black people in general."
November 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A block of "penny black" postage stamps, issued in 1840, were sold at auction today for about $442,680, an auction house said. The 36 stamps, depicting the young Queen Victoria and originally selling for one pence each, were bought by the Royale Stamp Co. for a private collector who was not identified. When the set last changed hands in 1934, it sold for about $2,400, said Ray Haffner of the Harmers auction house. The "penny black" and the "two-penny blue" were the first British postage stamps.
September 30, 2004 | From Bloomberg Inc., which sells postage stamps over the Internet, said the U.S. Postal Service had asked it to suspend its trial PhotoStamps program for evaluation. will stop taking orders Friday for PhotoStamps, which allow customers to turn their photographs into postage stamps, the Santa Monica-based company said. The Postal Service will decide within 90 days whether to allow the program to continue, the company said. Trading was halted before the announcement.
October 30, 1996 | Associated Press
More than a dozen dinosaurs, a pair of swans and an ox will appear on U.S. postage stamps next year, the Postal Service announced Tuesday. The 1997 offerings will also feature this country's first triangular stamps, classic dolls, airplanes, composers, coaches and the African American holiday Kwanzaa.
March 1, 1994 | Associated Press
Five watercolors by Prince Charles go on display today throughout Britain on a new set of postage stamps. The stamps, depicting landscapes of the kingdom, mark the 25th anniversary of Charles' investiture as the Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969.
June 14, 1994 | Associated Press
New postage stamps honoring the Statue of Liberty and Norman Rockwell will be released in the coming weeks. The 29-cent self-adhesive Statue of Liberty stamps will be issued June 24, the Postal Service announced. On July 1, five Norman Rockwell stamps will be issued.
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