Saturday, March 30, 2002

Ohio stamp stars Cleveland

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The U.S. Postal Service has released its “Greetings from America” commemorative stamps in state capitals across the country, and Cincinnati lost out.

        Artist Lonnie Busch of Franklin, N.C., placed Cleveland on the Buckeye State's stamp.

[photo] Commemorative stamps for Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio
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        “The design is the skyline of Cleveland with the Detroit-Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga,” said Don Smeraldi of the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C.

        The stamp selection had caused a brief battle of words between reporter Grant Segall of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and columnist Cliff Radel of the Enquirer, who wanted the Roebling Suspension Bridge featured.

        “As Lonnie Busch mentioned, Ohio was one of the more difficult states to portray on a stamp, because he had to come up with a visual that translates well on a stamp,” Mr. Smeraldi said.

        Mr. Busch told USA Today, “Because I knew these stamps were going to be shown as a block of 50, I wanted you to see everything, as much of America as you can ... I represented what I could with the space I had.”

        With Kentucky, the obvious choices were the Kentucky Derby and the bluegrass past, he said.

        The Indiana stamp shows a red covered bridge with a skyline in the background.

        “In my opinion, they all work well, but then I'm from Cleveland,” Mr. Smeraldi said.


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