February 10, 2005 in Nation/World

Postage stamp honors Reagan

Associated Press
 
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Ronald Reagan fans and collectors received the commemorative signature of Reagan on his new postage stamp.
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WASHINGTON – President Reagan’s famous smile and blue eyes shine from a new postage stamp issued Wednesday, the latest in an already high stack of honors bestowed on the former president since his death eight months ago.

The new stamp shows Reagan’s smile, tilt of head and twinkle of eye in a way that captures the “warmth, personality and humanity of Ronald Reagan,” James Miller, chairman of the Postal Service board of governors, told a crowd of about 200 at an unveiling ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The post office has 170 million of the new 37-cent stamps on hand and is also offering a series of Reagan collectibles.

Miller, who served as head of the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan, recalled the former president as a down-to-earth man who could help others break the tension.

As an ex-president, Reagan became eligible for a commemorative stamp in the year following his death. Postal Service policy restricts stamps honoring people other than presidents to those who have been dead at least 10 years.

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