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New stamp honors Edgar Allan Poe

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Writer Edgar Allan Poe will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp early in 2009.

The 42-cent stamp will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of poet and mystery writer Poe and will be issued Jan. 16 in Richmond, Va.

The Poe stamp is one of several issues for early in 2009 announced by the post office.

Other new postage announced included commemorative stamps marking Alaska and Oregon statehood, lunar new year – the year of the Ox – and a postal card marking the bicentennial of Miami University of Ohio.

Also announced was a set of stamps honoring a dozen civil rights leaders, which will go on sale Feb. 12 with ceremonies in New York.

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