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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Frank Sinatra Commemorated On New Stamp

On December 5, 2007, it was announced by Postmaster General, John Potter, that there will be a new Frank Sinatra stamp released sometime in the spring of 2008. He will be honored posthumously to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

John Potter called Old Blue Eyes “an extraordinary entertainer whose life and work left an indelible impression on American culture.” He has won several Grammy awards, an Oscar and been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, by President Reagan. He was a wonderful entertainer and certainly one of America’s top artists. Sinatra toured internationally and was known for being part of the Rat Pack.

The stamp will most likely be released in May or June. The Postal Governing Board may be raising their price of first class stamps, so they are waiting until later to announce the price on the stamp. It is believed to be either 41 cents or 42 cents. If stamp costs are raised, they want this new stamp to bear the new price so that it does not have a short shelf life at post offices.
This is not the first time that Mr. Sinatra has been honored by the Postal Service. In 2002, in Sinatra's hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, the US Postal Service paid respects to Mr. Sinatra and renamed their post office after him.

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