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Stamp to honor those eyes

- The Washington Times - Friday, December 28, 2007

A face that will tease you, and please you and perhaps unease you is coming to the post office next year: It's those Bette Davis eyes.

On the 100th anniversary of her birth, the actress will be honored on a commemorative stamp, the 14th in the Legends of Hollywood Series.

A 10-time Academy Award nominee, Miss Davis won twice, for her roles in "Dangerous" (1935) and "Jezebel" (1938).

And speaking of centennials, the same year Miss Davis was born, actor Jack Norworth wrote "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," the song still famed in the seventh inning stretch. Postal officials hope buyers will root, root, root for a stamp based on a 19th-century baseball card recalling that melody next year.

Also in 2008, the U.S. Postal Service will introduce a new multiyear Flags of Our Nation series, a 60-stamp set scheduled to include the Stars and Stripes as well as the flags of each state, the District of Columbia and territories.

Ten stamps will be issued in June — the Stars and Stripes and the flags of Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut and Delaware.

Following in the fall will be a set with the flags of the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas.

Among the other new postage stamps scheduled for next year:

•Year of the Rat in January, marking the Chinese lunar new year. People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be industrious, adaptable and ambitious.

•Charles W. Chesnutt will be honored with the 31st stamp in the Black Heritage series. Chesnutt was a pioneering writer recognized today as a major innovator among literary realists who probed the color line in American life.

•Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Yearling" and her memoir "Cross Creek."

•Mount St. Mary's University stamped card, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Maryland university.

•Frank Sinatra, Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer and actor.

•Love, an annual stamp this time featuring an oversized heart being transported by its owner to convey that a heart filled with love.

•Vintage Black Cinema set based on posters for five early movies.

•The Art of Disney: Imagination, featuring animated characters.

•Olympic Games, to coincide with the games to be held from Aug. 8-24 in Beijing.

•Artist Albert Bierstadt, featuring his painting "Valley of the Yosemite."

•Latin Jazz, with a tropical evening scene.

•Alzheimer's Awareness, calling attention to the most common form of dementia among older people.

•Nature of America, detailing the flora and fauna of Great Lakes Dunes.

•Four Holiday Nutcrackers stamps picturing Santa, a king, a captain and a drummer.

•Traditional Christmas Stamp featuring a detail of a painting titled "Virgin and Child With the Young John the Baptist" by the Italian master Sandro Botticelli.