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Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Woody’ wagons celebrated

July 29, 2001

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The wood-paneled station wagon is making a comeback on a new first-class, card-rate stamp. The presorted stamp for bulk mail is part of the American Culture series.

Wood-paneled vehicles, known as "woodies," captured the imagination of the American public from the 1930s through the '50s. Originally designed as stylish cars for wealthy buyers, woodies were later marketed as practical transportation for families.

In the '50s and '60s, the woodies became popular among surfers, who bought them second-hand to carry surfboards to the beach.

The Woody Wagon stamp, which has a value of 15 cents, features an acrylic painting based on a photograph of a restored woody against a blue sky and palm trees. A surfboard protrudes over the tailgate.

The stamp will be issued Aug. 3. It will be sold in rolls of 10,000, intended for high-volume, business mailers. For collectors, the Stamp Fulfillment Services will have first-day covers (56 cents each) and strips of 25 stamps with a plate number ($3.75). Call (800) STAMP-24.

Canine six-pack

Uganda will issue a sheetlet of six different stamps called Canine Friends. Depicted are the English sheepdog, the German shepherd, the Great Dane, the Boston terrier, the bull terrier and the Australian terrier.

The new Ugandan stamps will be released Aug. 23 in conjunction with the American Philatelic Society's "Stampshow" in Chicago.

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