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Crops of the Americas flourish on new stamps

Five new "Crops of the Americas" postage stamps depicting corn, chili peppers, beans, squashes and sunflowers, were unveiled yesterday.

"We understand the influence American plants have on cuisines around the world," said Charles E. Bravo, an executive with the U.S. Postal Service. "These stamps are a beautiful tribute to those plants and a great way to celebrate the rich history of our nation."

Artist Steve Buchanan created the stamp designs, using slide photographs made by his wife, Rita Buchanan, who conducted research in the late 1970s on indigenous agricultural methods in the southwestern United States.

The stamps can be purchased locally, ordered at 800/STAMP-24, or purchased online at www.usps.com/shop. Framed prints of the original stamp art are available at http://www.postalartgallery.com/.

Five new "Crops of the Americas" postage stamps depicting corn, chili peppers, beans, squashes and sunflowers, were unveiled yesterday.

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