Diabetes kills one American every three minutes, according to medical authorities.
In an effort to help educate the public about this problem, which attacks all ages, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a "Diabetes Awareness" stamp for release sometime next year. The new stamp is the first U.S. stamp ever issued to raise public awareness of this disease.
The important message projected by the stamp is "Know More About Diabetes."
The design features a sketch showing two elements associated with diabetes testing and research a microscope and a test tube. The phrase "Know More About Diabetes" is included. "We believe this stamp will go a long way in helping to spread the word about this devastating disease," says Postmaster General William J. Henderson.
Since the mid-1950s, the Postal Service has issued stamps that highlight social awareness issues. Recent stamps include Breast Cancer Research, Organ Tissue Donation and Adoption.
For more information on the Diabetes Awareness stamp and obtaining first-day cancellations, you may phone the Stamp Fulfillment Services of the USPS at (800) 782-6724.
For the first time in U.S. history, approximately 125 pieces of original postal stamp art from the past 40 years will be on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
The collection will be on display from Nov. 11 to May 28, 2001.
The Lawrence Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Enter by the south door.