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Muppets Join US Postal Service

For 50 years the witty, wisecracking puppet characters known as the Muppets have delighted children around the world. Now, to mark their half-century, the U.S. Postal Service has immortalized the Muppets and their creator, Jim Henson, on postage stamps.

The 37 cent stamps depict Henson and 10 of his Muppet creations, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The design makes the Muppets appear to be bursting out of the envelopes that lie beneath the stamps.

The new postal issue was unveiled Friday at the University of Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., where Henson and his wife, Jane, co-creator of the Muppets, had graduated.

Henson, whose Muppets were known worldwide, died in 1990.