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Stamps for business use only are off presses

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Two new U.S. stamps are off the presses - with no denomination indicated.

These stamps are strictly for business firms and nonprofit organizations that need the stamps for their mailings - and are not for use by the general public.The nonprofit stamps feature a "wetlands" scene in the forest with the words "USA Non Profit Org." at the bottom. The value of the stamp is five cents.

The business stamps feature a "Diner" restaurant as the main design. This stamp has a value of 25 cents. At the bottom are the words "presorted first-class."

Both new nondenominational stamps are available in gummed coils of 10,000.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said, "The Postal Service recognizes that our business customers need time-saving, easy-to-use mailing tools. These two new stamps represent an added convenient mailing option we are providing to customers everywhere."

You can get a first-day cancellation of either stamp by buying the stamps at your local post office, affixing the stamps to your envelopes, address the envelopes and place in a larger one addressed to: Wetlands Stamp And/Or Diner stamp, Postmaster, 6841 Elm St., McLean, VA 22101-9991. All orders must be postmarked by Sept. 3.

The USPS reminds collectors that the postage affixed to any first- class envelope must equal 32 cents.

The Fulfillment Service of the USPS also offers first-day covers for these stamps. Call 1-800- STAMP-24 for more information.

- YEARBOOK IS AVAILABLE: Linn's "U.S. Stamp Yearbook 1997," devoted to the postage stamps and postal stationery released by the U.S. Postal Service during last year, is now available.

In 1997, the 150th anniversary of U.S. postage stamps, the U.S. Postal Service issued 130 new varieties of stamps and cards. Author George Amick gives an easy-to-read look at each of these issues.

"Yearbook 1997" is available in two editions from dealers or direct from the publisher, "Linn's Stamp News," Box 29, Sidney, OH 45365. The hard-cover version is $35. The soft-cover is $22. A $3 postage and handling charge is added.

- CUP GAMES HONORED: Zambia, a former British protectorate in south central Africa, has issued a set of three sheetlets of 24 stamps honoring the "World Cup Games 1998," held in France.

The Zambian stamps feature the stars of the competing soccer teams. The stamps are available at your local dealer.