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Reissued stamps reflect new rates

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The U.S. Postal Service is reissuing three stamps to reflect rate changes.

The George Washington stamp, which shows a bust of Washington and a red background, was issued Feb. 22 with the old postcard rate of 20 cents. The stamp will be reissued Sept. 20 with a green background at the new 23-cent rate.

The gold Art Deco Eagle stamp was issued Feb. 22 as a 55-cent stamp for 2-ounce letters. The same design will be reissued Sept. 20 with the new 57-cent value. This time, however, the stamp will have a green hue.

The Love Letters stamp was issued Feb. 14 at the 55-cent rate. The same design will be reissued in November as a 57-cent stamp. The stamp features a pink rose on a 1763 letter from Abigail Smith to John Adams.

Call (800) STAMP-24 for first-day covers.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a former British colony in the West Indies, is offering a philatelic tribute to the French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Toulouse-Lautrec painted the characters from the Parisian cabaret world. The new stamps mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

A sheetlet of three vertical stamps shows the following paintings: "The Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec," "Carmen" and "Madame Lily Grenier." A souvenir sheet shows the artist's painting "Jane Avril." The stamps are available at your local dealer.