Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

Carnivorous plants shown on four new stamps

September 2, 2001


Carnivorous plants catch small insects with ease, and four new commemorative stamps show the plants in action.

A small butterfly is caught in a leaf of a Venus' flytrap; a fly perches on a yellow trumpet; a wasp is drawn toward the mouth of a cobra lily; and a fly is trapped in the sticky leaves and hairs on an English sundew.

All the plants are native to North America.

Orders for first-day covers must be postmarked by Sept. 22. Buy the plant stamps at the local post office, or by calling (800) STAMP-24. Affix a stamp to an addressed envelope, place it in a larger envelope and mail to Carnivorous Plants Commemorative Stamps, Postmaster, 1000 West Oakton St., Des Plaines, IL 60018-9998.

Science set

In 1963, a U.S. stamp was released to honor the National Academy of Sciences. Abraham Lincoln signed the charter that established the academy on March 3, 1863. The 5-cent stamp shows a globe topped with a ring of stars. The phrase "The Sciences" also appears on the stamp.

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