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Yosemite photo featured in US Postal Service Stamp Program

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaThis year the U.S Postal Service will be unveiling, as part of it's definitive postage stamp program, breathtaking panoramas from America's National Park system, including that of Yosemite National Park. In announcing the program, David Failor, Executive Director of Stamp Services, also released images of other 2006 stamp and stationery items.

"Customers can share a glimpse of America's beautiful National Park system when corresponding internationally," said Failor, referring to photographs of the Great Smoky Mountain, Yosemite Valley and Bryce Canyon depicted on international rate stamps. "Other stamp products highlight American history, culture and agriculture."

Offered as an 84 cent stamp, the international letter rate, a stamp featuring the beauty of California's Yosemite Park will be featured as part of the Scenic American Landscapes series. The chosen design will feature Yosemite Valley as it's centerpiece, alluding to the range of geographical features, such as waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, expansive meadows, groves of giant sequoias. Prominent in the stamp's image are the granite monoliths of El Capitan and Half Dome depicted in a photo taken by Galen Roswell of Emeryville, CA with Gates of the Valley in the foreground. The accompanying caption will read "Yosemite National Park, California".

The stamp to be in circulation in 2006 will commemorate the establishment of the park on October 1, 1890 in the Sierra Nevada. This is in recognition of the spectacular sights and serene wilderness that is enjoyed by nearly four million visitors per year.

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