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Mickey Mouse waves his magic wand on new postage stamps

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Sorcerer Mickey Mouse gave the audience attending the "Washington 2006 World Philatelic Stamp Exposition" a sneak peak of the upcoming The Art of Disney: Magic stamps, which will be issued in 2007.

In 2004, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first in the series of stamps entitled The Art of Disney. That year, Friendship was the theme and it featured Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of Disney friends. The Art of Disney: Celebration stamps issued in 2005 were the second in the series and featured Mickey Mouse and Pluto; Alice and the Mad Hatter; Ariel and Flounder; and Snow White and Dopey. The third in the series was The Art of Disney: Romance featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Lady and the Tramp, Belle and the Beast, and Cinderella and Prince Charming, issued just this year. The surprise announcement of the fourth in the series came on April 21 as well, only this time the theme is Magic.

"The U.S. Postal Service and Disney have enjoyed a collaborative partnership that has produced a magical series of beautiful stamps," said Wendy Hocking, Secretary, Board of Governors, United States Postal Service. "Today, the magic continues and comes center stage at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Stamp Exposition, as we unveil one of the four new The Art of Disney: Magic stamps that will be issued by the Postal Service next year."

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