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SYD KRONISH | STAMPS New stamps to honor Hanukkah, Kwanzaa



Published: Sun, September 30, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



USPS to reissue2 holiday stamps

The United States Postal Service will reissue two holiday stamps honoring Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with the new 34-cent rate.

The Hanukkah stamp, first issued in 1996, features a menorah and multicolored candles. The Jewish Festival of Lights is an eight-day observance recalling how Judah and the Maccabees rebelled against Syrian rule.

The Kwanzaa stamp, first issued in 1997, depicts three people with candles and a basket of fruit. Kwanzaa is a seven-day cultural celebration that honors the African tradition of celebrating the harvest. It gets its name from the Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits."

Both stamps will be available nationwide Oct. 22.

For more information, visit the USPS at www.usps.com on the Web.

Some factsabout stamps

Here are some interesting facts about stamps:

UThe most popular stamp in U.S. history is the Elvis Presley stamp, issued Oct. 8, 1993. More than 500 million stamps were printed, and 124 million of those were saved and never used for postage.

UThe first U.S. stamps ever issued were the 5-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp and the 10-cent George Washington stamp. Both were issued in 1847.

UPresident Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a vast collection of stamps.




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