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The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Lucille Ball (1911-1989) with a 34-cent stamp as part of the "Legends of Hollywood" series. The stamp art is based on a 1955 photograph of the actress.

The Lucille Ball stamp is scheduled to be issued next year and joins stamps in the series honoring Marilyn Monroe (1995), James Dean (1996), Humphrey Bogart (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1998), James Cagney (1999) and Edward G. Robinson (2000).

Ball appeared on television as Lucille Esmerelda McGuillicuddy Ricardo on "I Love Lucy" from 1951-1957. The popular show teamed Ball with her real-life husband Desi Arnaz. Her other television series included "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show" (1957-1960), "The Lucy Show" (1962-1968), "Here's Lucy" (1968-1974), and "Life With Lucy" (1986).

Besides her television roles, Ball appeared in more than 70 movies, including "Stage Door" (1937) and "Too Many Girls" (1940), and she performed in the 1960 Broadway musical "Wildcat."

She also was a businesswoman. In 1962, when Desi Arnaz retired as president of Desilu Studios, Ball purchased his holdings and became the first female president of a major Hollywood production company. She later sold it and formed her own company, Lucille Ball Productions.

The new stamp is not the first honoring Ball. In 1999, a stamp commemorating "I Love Lucy" was issued by the USPS as part of the "Celebrate the Century: The 1950s" series. It featured a black-and-white photograph of Lucy and Desi.

THE CANADA POST has issued two new stamps to honor the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championships, which will be held Aug. 3-12 in Edmonton, Canada.

This is the first time the event will be held in North America. The first championships took place in Helsinki, Finland, in 1993.

The IAAF events are exclusively track and field, unlike the Summer Olympic Games, which feature sports such as swimming, diving, gymnastics and basketball.

Stamps and first-day covers are available by calling (800) 565-4362 or by writing to Canada Post, National Philatelic Centre, 2701 Riverside Drive, Suite 141, Ottawa, Ontario K1A OB1. Canada Post's Web site is www.canadapost.ca.

THE ISLAND OF ST. KITTS has issued five sheetlets and five souvenir sheets in a stamp tribute to the flora and fauna of the Caribbean.

Each sheetlet contains six different stamps. Some of the species depicted are the laughing gull, red snapper, dolphin, anthurium and hibiscus. The souvenir sheets depict the iguana, orchid, redband parrotfish, ruby-throated hummingbird and the common morpho.

The stamps of St. Kitts are available at your local dealer.

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE in 1997 issued a set of five 32-cent stamps featuring classic movie monsters. The stamps included images of Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster and Lon Chaney in "Phantom of the Opera."

In 1991, comedians were honored by the USPS in a booklet of 29-cent stamps. Depicted on the stamps were Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

In 1997 the USPS released a "Broadway Songwriters" series with a set of six 33-cent stamps. Featured on the stamps were Ira and George Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, Lorenz Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Meredith Willson and Frank Loesser.