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USA issue Alzheimer’s semi-postal stamp

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The US Postal Service recently issued a single semi-postal stamp to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research

The special stamp was dedicated at Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center Atrium in Baltimore and was made available across the country on 30 November.

Sold for 60 cents, the price includes the first-class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research.

The stamp artwork features an illustration that first appeared on the 2008 42-cent Alzheimer’s Awareness stamp, showing an older woman in profile with a caring hand on her shoulder with the suggestion of sunlight behind her and clouds in front of and below.

The 2008 stamp showed the woman facing left; the artwork for the new stamp shows her facing right to help differentiate between the two stamps.

The idea for the stamp was submitted by Kathy Siggins whose husband succumbed to the disease in 1999.

The USA is set to issue five semipostal fundraising stamps over a ten-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years. The Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp is the first and will be followed by a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) semipostal stamp to be issued in 2019. The next three discretionary semipostal stamps have not yet been determined.

There are already two semipostal stamps available for sale in the USA: the Breast Cancer Research semipostal which has raised more than $86.1 million and the Save Vanishing Species semipostal which has raised more than $4.3 million as of September 2017.

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