USPS Kaleidoscope Flowers stamps to be unveiled at Crown Center Kaleidoscope

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 8, 2013Contact: Richard Watkins USPS Corporate Communications 913/685-7521 richard.a.watkins@usps.gov

Ron Worley Kaleidoscope & HallmarkVisitors Center Outreach Supervisor 816/274-8348 rworle2@hallmark.com

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Kansas City to Host Unveiling of Kaleidoscope Flowers Stamps Ceremony Scheduled for Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope Art Experience at Crown Center

KANSAS CITY, MO– Flowers are one of the most popular subjects in art — and on stamps. With the issuance of Kaleidoscope Flowers on Jan. 14, the Postal Service continues its tradition of issuing beautiful yet unique 46-cent floral stamps that are good for mailing domestic 1-ounce First-Class letters.

To help celebrate the release of the stamps, local Postal Service representatives will unveil the four new stamps at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at a brief ceremony at Crown Center’s Kaleidoscope art experience at CrownCenter.

Kaleidoscope is a magical place where children can be creative and feel good about their own special ideas. At Kaleidoscope, children use their imaginations to make art with left-over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. Kaleidoscope is free as a public service by Hallmark.

The bold and bright designs present one contemporary flower drawing repeated on four stamps, with each stamp featuring one of four different color combinations.

Available in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10,000, customers may order the stamps now to prepare for the Jan. 27 First-Class letter mail one-cent price change at usps.com/stamps, or by phone at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

This set of four stamps depicts the same graphic flower design, with each stamp featuring one of four different color combinations. Some of the color combinations create the illusion that patterns recede or move forward. Designed by art director Antonio Alcala´, the Kaleidoscope Flowers stamps feature the work of graphic artists Petra and Nicole Kapitza.

Customers may view the Kaleidoscope Flowers stamps, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks Customers have 60-days to obtain the first-day-of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at www.usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724). They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Kaleidoscope Flowers Stamp PO Box 449992 Kansas City, MO 64144-9992

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by March 14, 2013.

Ordering First-Day Covers The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request PO Box 219014 Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products There are twophilatelic products available for the Kaleidoscope Flowers stamps coils of 3,000 and 10,000:

? 789416, First-Day Cover Set of 4, $3.60 ? 789421, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.44

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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