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Postal Pointers: Stamps lift spirits and touch hearts

July 11, 2012
By DEBRA MITCHELL , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The U.S. Postal Service has issued two new forever stamps and a commemorative envelope. The stamps and envelope released are:

Mail a Smile Forever stamps

First-class forever Mail a Smile stamps are available in a sheet of 20 stamps. They feature popular Disney-Pixar characters and are a sequel to the Send a Hello forever stamps issued in 2011. 125 million stamps have been printed. The stamps feature:

- Flik and Dot from "A Bug's Life" (1998)

- Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell "Dash" Parr from "The Incredibles" (2004), with "Dash" also shown running in the background

- Nemo and Squirt from "Finding Nemo" (2003)

- Woody, Bullseye and Jessie from "Toy Story 2" (1999)

- Boo, Mike Wazowski and James P. "Sulley" Sullivan from "Monsters, Inc." (2001)

These stamps lift spirits and touch hearts and remind us that technology is no match for the mail when it comes to connecting with loved ones.

The Disney Pixar Forever stamps appear on Facebook and Twitter@USPSstamps. The stamps also are available for viewing at Beyond the Perf, the Postal Service's online site for background information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Fun on Two Wheels Forever stamps

The USPS is giving one of America's most popular outdoor activities its stamp of approval with the issuance of the Bicycling Forever stamps. The four stamps feature a young child learning to ride a bicycle with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer, and an airborne BMX rider.

Bicycling is a low-impact aerobic activity that just about everyone - from young children to retirees - can enjoy.

Available nationwide, the stamps can be purchased online at, by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) or at Post Offices.

Golden Gate's 75th anniversary

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 recently. To celebrate the event, USPS is offering the public a commemorative envelope. The limited-edition envelope features a special pictorial cancellation designating ZIP Code 94115 as the "75th Anniversary Station," a silk screen print of the bridge and the San Francisco skyline as it looked in 1937.

Each commemorative envelope sells for $5. Envelopes can be ordered by sending a check or money order, payable to "Postmaster," to San Francisco Marketing Attn: Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Cachet, PO Box 880188, San Francisco, CA 94188-0188. Customers should include their name and return address with their checks. The envelopes are available while supplies last. Allow 7-10 days for processing.

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Mr. Zip's tip

USPS handles nearly 40% of the world's cards and letters.

Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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