7. Recognition of Smiley Face Copyright
Smiley Face selected as new face for commemorative stamp issued by U.S. Postal Service

Huge support from the American public has installed the Smiley Face, as a symbol of the 1970s, on a commemorative stamp to be issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1999. The Smiley Face stamp was first unveiled at World Smile Day, an event held in Harvey Ball's hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. Thanking Harvey Ball for his creation, a representative from the Postal Service said it was only apt that the stamp be unveiled in Worcester, the birthplace of the mark and hometown of Harvey Ball, the creator of the Smiley Face. Those in Worcester were the first in the United States to see the new stamp.

Ballot Explanation Published by US Postal Service
Cast your vote for a design to represent the 1970s

Thirty people, events, symbols and trends have been nominated to depict the 1970s - one of the more meaningful decades of the 20th century.

How to vote?
Select three items for each of the following categories: People and Events, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Science and Technology, and Lifestyle.

How to buy the stamps?
Results of the ballot will be posted at post offices six weeks after voting closes. This 1970s commemorative stamp series, decided on by you, the public, will be launched in September 1999. Stamps for the 1900s to 1920s are currently available at your local post office.

What are you waiting for? Pick up a pencil and decide which designs will go down in history!

(Nominations in each category)
[People & Events]
1. Women's rights movements
2. Watergate
3. Earth Day
4. Oil shortage
5. Opening of China
6. Bicentennial

[Arts & Entertainment]
7. Sesame Street
8. "The Godfather" movie
9. "Roots" book and television show
10. "Spiral Jetty" artwork in Great Salt Lake
11. "All in the Family" television show
12. Public Broadcasting System and National Public Radio
13. "A Chorus Line"
14. Photo-realism

15. Pittsburgh Steelers football dynasty
16. Racehorse "Secretariat"
17. "Monday Night Football"
18. Popularity of soccer leagues
19. Growth of tennis
20. Oakland A's baseball team

[Science & Technology]
21. Jumbo jets
22. "Pioneer 10"
23. Development of medical imaging
24. Popularity of VCRs

25. Smiley Face

26. Post-modern architecture
27. Jogging
28. 1970s fashions
29. Citizens bank radio
30. Disco


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