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Cloudscape Stamps to be Released
in Early October by the USPS
The U.S. Postal Service will issue
15-Cloudscapes commemorative postage stamps in early October 2004 to
launch National Stamp Collecting Month.
Arranged according to altitude, nine of
the ten basic cloud genera are depicted
on this pane of fifteen stamps.* Brief text on the back of each
stamp identifies and describes that particular cloud type.
The fifteen cloud types shown on the stamp pane are:
Cirrus radiatus, Cirrostratus fibratus, Cirrocumulus undulatus,
Cumulonimbus mammatus, Cumulonimbus incus, Altocumulus stratiformis,
Altostratus translucidus, Altocumulus undulatus, Altocumulus castellanus,
Altocumulus lenticularis, Stratocumulus undulatus, Stratus opacus, Cumulus
humilis, Cumulus congestus, and Cumulonimbus with tornado.
Since 1981, the U.S. Postal Service has designated
the month of October as National Stamp Collecting Month to introduce
children ages 8-12 to this popular educational hobby. The program
also raises awareness about the recreational benefits of stamp collecting
among all age groups. To learn more about U.S. Stamps and stamp
collecting, go to the Postal Service Collector's Corner at
*Nimbostratus, a dark, featureless
cloud marked by falling rain or snow, is not included.
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