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USPS To Issue Pixar Stamps In 2011

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The United States Postal Service has announced the items to be included in their 2011 commemorative stamp program, which includes five new Pixar stamps.

Several Disney-Pixar movie characters are part of the five different designs that make up the 20-stamp pane Send A Hello collection: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars; Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille; Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story; Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up; and the robot WALL-E from Wall-E.

Also getting a stamp for a 100th birthday: the Indianapolis 500.

Beginning in January, all new postage stamps good for 1 ounce of first-class mail will be marked as "forever".

The move is designed to help customers cope with postage increases, a U.S. Postal Service official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The official requested anonymity to discuss a policy that hasn't been announced formally.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe plans to announce the new policy Jan. 14, the official said.

When the Postal Service unveiled its first-class commemorative stamps for 2011 on Tuesday, all were marked "forever" instead of the current rate of 44 cents.

The initial first-class stamp under the new policy will be the Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit stamp, to be issued Jan. 22. It will be followed by stamps commemorating Kansas statehood on Jan. 29 and, in February, the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's birth.

Among other stamps to be issued in 2011 are those for:

- Mark Twain
- Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas, a groundbreaking politician and civil rights leader. She is the Black Heritage stamp honoree
- The U.S. Merchant Marine
- Jazz appreciation
- Artists Edward Hopper and Romare Bearden

New designs are also set for Purple Heart, Wedding and Holidays stamps.

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