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‘Simpsons’ postage stamps ready

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Homer Simpson and his cartoon family soon will help you get letters, bills and packages to their destinations.

On Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service revealed five first-class stamps featuring characters from the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" - Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie - that will hit a post office near you May 7.

"This is the biggest and most adhesive honor 'The Simpsons' has ever received," creator Matt Groening said.

Bart Simpson, who is known to collect stamps, "will serve as a great opportunity to interest youngsters into stamp collecting," said David Failor, executive director of stamp services for the Postal Service.

The Postal Service is encouraging people to vote for their favorite "Simpsons" character on its Web site. Fans also can preorder the 44-cent first-class stamps on the site and register for a sweepstakes for a limited-edition "Simpsons" poster signed by Groening.

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