About USPS Commemorative and Social Awareness Stamps
Commemorative stamps are printed in a limited quantity and available for purchase for a limited time. The design may note an anniversary associated with an individual, an historic event, or a national landmark.
Social Awareness Stamps are part of the USPS's Commemorative Stamp program and are designed to promote awareness of important social concerns.
Each year, the USPS receives as many as 50,000 requests for commemorative stamp subjects! The USPS 2002 Stamp program includes 22 Commemorative Stamp subjects, of which two are social awareness stamps. Mentoring a Child which was issued in January, and the Spay/Neuter stamps which will be issued in September.
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Stamps and Stamp Collecting
To learn more about stamps and stamp collecting, visit some of the fascinating sites listed below:
The American Philatelic Society
American Stamp Dealers Association
American Topical Association
Dogs on Stamps
Junior Philatelists of America
Linn's Stamp News
National Stamp Dealers Association
National Postal Museum
Philatelic links for Children
About.com Stamp Collecting
Stamp News Magazines
US Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Virtual Stamp Club