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Kate Smith gets a postage stamp -- God bless America

May 19, 2010 |  2:53 pm

Kate-smith-web A round of applause for the United States Postal Service, which Wednesday issued a stamp honoring the late singer Kate Smith, best known for her rendition of a little Irving Berlin tune, "God Bless America," which she first sang in 1938 and which has a reputation as America's unofficial national anthem.

The stamp was unveiled with the help of former members of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, for whom Smith's signature song has been a good luck charm since the team first spun it before a game in 1969.

("Stamps," for you younger folks, are costly little bits of paper that are affixed to larger bits of paper to  indicate that the larger paper product's passage from one real-life address to another has been paid for.)

No, she's not exactly gracing the cover of today's tabloids -- probably wasn't on the tabloids back in her day either, though please correct me if I'm wrong. There's no scandal, no lawsuit, no tawdry kerfuffle of any sort.

She's Kate-flippin'-Smith -- and now, like Katharine Hepburn just before her, she is on a stamp. 

You should know that.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: The design of a new postage stamp honoring "God Bless America" singer Kate Smith, who died in 1986 at age 79, is unveiled next to a statue of her in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Credit: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

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