New Kansas Stamp Unveiled

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Sunflower State residents can now show their pride every time they head to the mailbox.

A new Kansas stamp was unveiled Monday at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office. Postal Service officials and Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten were on hand for the ceremony.

The Kansas stamp is part of a series the Postal Service will issue over the next three yeras. It's called "Flags of our Nation" and will feature 60 stamps - the U.S. flag, the 50 states' flags, five territorial flags and the District of Columbia flag. The first set of 10 stamps was issued earlier this year. Kansas is in the second set being issued this month. The Kansas stamp is sold as part of a set, and cannot be purchased separately. Five stamps from each state are in a 50-stamp coil which sells for $21 at any post office.

In addition to the state's flag, the Kansas stamp also features a farm scene with trees, buildings and silos.

In addition to the stamp, a special "Kansas Flags of Our Nation" postmark is available as of Monday at the Topeka Main Post office, 424 S. Kansas Ave. It is free and can be put on virtually anything with First-Class postage. Customers can also get the postmark by mail by sending an envelope addressed to themself or someone else inside a larger envelope to: Flags of Our Nation Postmark, 424 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603-9998. Requests must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2008.