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This year’s offerings making news

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The Postal Service’s 2018 stamp releases will showcase a variety of subjects.

USPS is receiving praise for the select 2018 stamps that were recently announced.

Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, a nonprofit organization that promotes science education, issued a statement praising the Postal Service for its plans to release a stamp honoring Ride, the first American woman in space.

“It was a great pleasure working with the U.S. Postal Service on the Sally Ride commemorative stamp,” Tam O’Shaughnessy, Ride’s life partner, said in the statement. “As a young girl, Sally collected stamps. She would be so honored to now appear on a stamp!”

The stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking public television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” also received widespread coverage, including articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Mental Floss, which declared the stamp “has us excited to send out a few birthday cards.”

Other stamps receiving attention include John Lennon, the latest addition to the Music Icons series, which the Huffington Post praised for its inclusion of a peace symbol in between “USA and Forever.”

Additionally, the technology news site GeekWire predicted the Sally Ride stamp and other science-related offerings — including the STEM Education and Bioluminescent Life stamps — will be big hits.

“[B]e prepared to grab them … at your local Post Office or online, before they disappear,” the site wrote.

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