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June 8-9, 2002:

Late Developing.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
This Thursday, the Postal Service issues a sheet of 20 classic photographs
on stamps, called "Masters of American Photography." They'll be the first
37-cent commemoratives, coming out two weeks before the rate change.

Each of the stamps honors a great photographer by showing one of his or her
works. The idea started when the family of Ansel Adams pushed for a stamp to
mark the centennial of his birth.

Getting these stamps issued, however, hasn't been easy for the Postal

Although we were shown a preliminary design last summer, some of the
photographers' estates demanded changes -- different pictures, or different

The issuance of the stamps was supposed to be tied to a major photography
exhibition at the Smithsonian, but that was put off for a year, so the
Postal People had to scramble for another location. They chose the Museum of
Photographic Arts in San Diego.

The photos featured range from about 18-50 to 1971. The stamps,
appropriately, are in black-and-white.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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