WASHINGTON – A man who had a wonderful life, went to Washington and later was accompanied by a giant white rabbit will be a highlight of the Postal Service's new commemorative postage stamps for 2007.
James Stewart will be featured on the 13th Legends of Hollywood stamp.
The actor, who took time out to become a decorated hero in World War II, appeared in more than 80 movies including starring roles in "It's a Wonderful Life," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Harvey."
Next year's honoree in the Black Heritage series will be Ella Fitzgerald, widely known as the first lady of song for her great vocal range, flexibility and the joy and excitement she brought to music.
As usual, a Love stamp will mark Valentine's Day. This year it features the famed Hershey's kiss candy, introduced in 1907 and still popular.
Since Valentine romance can be followed by marriage, there will be special wedding stamps decorated with heart-shaped vines.
So, does all that lead to the new birds and bees stamps?
Not exactly. These stamps call attention to the important service such creatures perform in pollinating plants. The set of four will feature hummingbirds, bumble bees, a butterfly and a bat.
From comic book heroes like Hulk and Spiderman to the beautiful northern lights and stately lighthouses, there's something for just about everyone planned for nest year's stamps.
Among those scheduled:
— The centennial of Oklahoma's statehood, featuring a painting of a sunrise over the Cimarron River. ing Runabout.
— The art of magic stamps featuring Disney characters Dumbo and Timothy Mouse, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and Aladdin and Genie.
— A commemorative calling attention to the importance of jury duty.
— The 60th anniversary of the Mendez v. Westminster School District ruling saying school districts could not segregate on the basis of national origin.
— Holiday knits, including a deer a snow-dappled evergreen tree, a snowman sporting a top hat and a teddy bear.
— "The Madonna of the Carnation," by Italian Renaissance painter Bernardino Luini.