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WASHINGTON, June 3 2005 - Stamp, history and architecture enthusiasts witnessed the unveiling of a special set of stamps today that will be issued next year during the world's largest stamp show. The Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition Souvenir stamp sheet contains reproductions of three historic United States postage stamps originally issued in 1923 -- the $1 Lincoln Memorial, the $2 U.S. Capitol and the $5 Statue of Freedom that stands atop the Capitol's dome. They will be produced from the original 1923 dies created by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued in their original denominations.

"The Postal Service is proud to be reissuing these historic stamps," said Rosa Fulton, Northern Virginia District Manager, U.S. Postal Service, who unveiled the image. "They are wonderful reminders of the Postal Service's commitment to honoring the people, places and events that have shaped this great nation."

Joining Fulton was David Failor, Executive Director, Stamp Services of the U.S. Postal Service, Tom Lera, President of the National Philatelic Expositions of Washington, DC, Inc. (NAPEX) and Michael Dixon, President of the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition. The unveiling took place during the NAPEX 2005 Stamp Show at the Hilton McLean (VA) which runs through Sun., June 5, 2005. A special first-day-of issue ceremony will take place during the opening weekend of the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, May 27-June 3, 2006 at the Washington, DC Convention Center as part of the world's premier showcase of rare stamps.

Since 1775, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. An independent federal agency, the Postal Service makes deliveries to more than 142 million addresses every day and is the only service provider to deliver to every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services. With annual revenues of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mail and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the world. Moreover, today's postage rates will remain stable until at least 2006. The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a year -- and serves seven million customers each day at its 37,000 retail locations nationwide. 

Source: U.S. Postal Service 

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