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World Stamp Expo July 7-16 in California

Space exploration will be theme when the U.S. Postal Service sponsors World Stamp Expo 2000 July 7 to 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The first hologram, circular and pentagonal stamps in U.S. history will be issued. Twenty-six postal administrations from Hong Kong to Iceland and 107 vendors have already have signed up as participants.

Planned are exhibits featuring rare and priceless postage stamps, a 3-D space discovery theater and World Kids' Congress.

"This stamp show promises to be one of the most extensive and exciting events of the new millennium," director Dickey Rustin said. "We'll have something for everyone, from the serious stamp collector to families who are looking for an inexpensive way to have fun."

Admission is free, but there is a nominal fee for parking at the convention center, 800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim. The expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Five first-day-of-issue dedication ceremonies highlighting achievements in space exploration will take place July 7 with the issuance of achievements in exploration (the first U.S. hologram circular stamp), $11.75; July 8, landing on the Moon, $11.75; July 9, escaping the gravity of Earth, $3.20; July 10, probing the vastness of space, 60 cents; and July 11, exploring the solar system (first U.S. pentagonal stamp), $1.

Scheduled for July 13 is the issuance of the four Stampin' the Future U.S. stamps designed by winners of the youth contest. A court of honor, a World Series of Philately, seminars and panel discussions also are on the agenda.

For more information, write to World Stamp Expo, P.O. Box 44403, Washington, D.C. 20026-4403, or check out its Web site at http://www.stampsonline.com.

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