Time goes by so quickly when you're collecting U.S. postage stamps. Here are some of the highlights from the first half of 2001.
The U.S. Postal Service released the "Love" stamp and a "Lovebirds" stamped envelope to promote the art of writing letters. Also issued was a continuation of the Lunar New Year series, featuring a "Year of the Snake" stamp.
Then came a stamp honoring Roy Wilkins in the Black Heritage Series. The USPS followed with a pane of 20 stamps saluting American illustrators, including James Montgomery Flagg, Frederick Remington and Norman Rockwell.
The USPS paid tribute to the comic strip "Peanuts," depicting the unforgettable flying ace Snoopy. And the U.S. flag was flying on a new 34-cent stamp honoring all veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces.
A stamp showing a scientist and a microscope promoted diabetes awareness, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo became the first Hispanic woman to be honored on a U.S. stamp.
Stamped envelopes dedicated to Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Portland and the University of South Carolina were part of the Historic Preservation Series.
The stamp parade will continue in the next six months.
'Legends of the West'
"Legends of the West" was the subject of a sheet of U.S. stamps issued in 1994 a subject that has been featured in books, movies and plays for more than 100 years.
Some of the luminaries depicted on the 29-cent stamps are Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Wild Bill Hickok and Sacagawea.
In 2000, the U.S. Postal Service issued a pane of four stamps depicting a variety of team sports popular with young Americans.
The photos used in each stamp were chosen for the action and excitement of team play. Soccer, football, baseball and basketball were featured on the stamps.