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New stamps debut

The Blueberries and U.S. Flags stamps arrive Jan. 9.

The Postal Service released two new stamps Jan. 9.

The first, U.S. Flags, is a new Forever stamp that features a trio of Stars and Stripes waving in the wind, a change from the single flag on the current Forever stamp.

The stamp was illustrated and designed by Laura Stutzman. Ethel Kessler was the art director.

U.S. Flags will be sold in panes or booklets of 20, as well as in coils of 100, 3,000 and 10,000.

The other Jan. 9 release is Blueberries, a 4-cent definitive stamp featuring a pen, ink and watercolor image of a cluster of the fruit.

The image on Blueberries comes from an existing illustration by John Burgoyne. Derry Noyes was the art director.

Definitive stamps are mostly used by larger mailers when additional postage is needed. It will be sold in panes of 20 and in coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

Both U.S. Flags and Blueberries will be available nationwide at Post Offices and