Schwarzenegger postage stamp goes on sale

A new postage stamp featuring a likeness of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went on sale Friday - his 57th birthday - in his native Austria and the postal service said it was bracing for heavy demand for the 600,000 stamps.

E-mail requests for the euro1 (US$1.20) stamp have flooded the nation's postal headquarters in Vienna, spokesman Johannes Angerer said. Austrians showed up early Friday to buy the stamps, but there were no long lines.

The stamp features an image of Schwarzenegger in a dark suit and tie superimposed over the American and Austrian flags. The text reads simply: "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger."

The actor-turned-politician best known for the "Terminator" series of action films was born on July 30, 1947, in the village of Thal just outside the southern Austrian city of Graz, and he collected stamps himself as a boy, the postal service noted proudly.

The Schwarzenegger stamp is part of a collectors' series called "Austrians Living Abroad."

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