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Stamp, envelope honor 'Mockingbird' film's 50th

Associated Press Modified: April 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm •  Published: April 13, 2012

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service joined with fans of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Monroeville on Friday for a stamp and envelope celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

About 100 people attended the unveiling to buy the envelopes and stamps, which were processed by the Postal Service to be collectors' items.

The artist Nicolosi, who designed the pictorial cancellation and the envelope, was on hand to sign his work at the Monroe County Heritage Museum in the old county courthouse. The cancellation includes the top of the courthouse and a portion of a tree with a mockingbird on a tree limb. The envelope also includes the courthouse and says "Lower Alabama. The 'other' L.A."

"I am humbled to lend my God-given talent to the people of Monroeville and the great state of Alabama," Nicolosi said.

The envelopes carry the Gregory Peck stamp issued a year ago to recognize the actor who played attorney Atticus Finch in the film adaptation.

William and Carol Jaye of Mexia., Ala., stood in line to have Nicolosi sign five canceled envelopes they had purchased. "We collect local stuff," William Jaye said.

He recalled that the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee, used to sign a few books each year to raise money for the museum, and they were sold locally.

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