June 20, 2008

OK, Who Licked The Mark Summers?

The U.S. Postal Service has honored Pulitzer Prize winning author James Michener and physician Edward Trudeau, whose life was devoted to the eradication of Tuberculosis, with commemorative stamps illustrated by Mark Summers. The two stamps are part of the Postal Service's "Distinguished Americans" series.

Summers has also created art for previous Distinguished Americans stamps: Joseph W. Stilwell (2000), Claude Pepper (2000), Hattie W. Caraway (2001), Edna Ferber (2002), Wilma Rudolph (2004), Jonas Salk (2006), Albert Sabin (2006), Margaret Chase Smith (2007) and Harriet Beecher Stowe (2007).

I wonder which is the greater honor, having your likeness immortalized on a stamp, or getting your portrait done by Mark Summers? It's a toss up.

The Michener stamp is 59 cents for the First-Class Mail letter two-ounce price, and the Trudeau is 76 cents for the three-ounce. Both are perfect for those oversized letters to your Grandma.

You can purchase the stamps at your local Post Office, on usps.com, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. More information on the stamps and their honorees can be found here.

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