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Mother Teresa, Gene Autry on upcoming US stamps

Mother Teresa, Gene Autry on upcoming US stamps

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 8:01 pm
By: AP

 WASHINGTON (AP) — Nobel Prize winner Mother Teresa and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin will be honored on U.S. postage stamps this year. Joining them will be Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn, singing cowboy Gene Autry, artist Winslow Homer and Adm. Arleigh Burke. Other new stamps will honor the Negro baseball leagues, the Sunday funnies and the Hawaiian rain forest, the Postal Service announced Wednesday. The post office releases a series of commemorative stamps every year, honoring people, places and institutions. These stamps remain on sale for a limited period and are widely collected. The 2010 new stamp program includes: • Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who devoted her life to the sick and poor of India, was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. A stamp in her honor will go on sale on her birthday, Aug. 26. • Bill Mauldin was one of the nation’s favorite cartoonists during World War II, with his characters Willie and Joe bringing home a look at life at the front. He won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished service as a cartoonist and after the war became a popular editorial cartoonist. • Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars during her long screen career, which included 40 movies opposite such stars as Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. Her independent personality set her apart from others in Hollywood. • Singing cowboy and, later, baseball executive Gene Autry will be part of a four-stamp set honoring cowboys of the silver screen. Joining him are William S. Hart, Tom Mix and Roy Rogers. • In June, stamps will be released honoring Negro Leagues baseball, which operated from 1920 to about 1960, drawing some of the most remarkable athletes ever to play the sport. • Artist Winslow Homer will be the ninth subject of the American Treasures series. The stamp, being released Aug. 12, features his painting “Boys in a Pasture.” • Arleigh A. Burke will be part of a four-stamp set featuring distinguished sailors. Published in The Messenger 1.6.10

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