George Meany, one of the most influential labor leaders in American history, is honored with a new U.S. 29-cent commemorative stamp released on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Meany was the first president of the AFL-CIO from 1955 until his retirement in 1979. Born in New York City, he rose from humble beginnings as a plumbing apprentice to the most dominant union spokesman of the 20th century.The U.S. Postal Service, one of the largest civilian employers, says, "It is an honor to recognize George Meany with this commemorative postage stamp." The design features a profile portrait of Meany. Above the picture is his name. Below is the inscription "Labor Leader, USA 29."

First-day cancellations may be obtained by purchasing the stamps at your local post office, affixing the stamps to your envelopes, addressing the envelopes and placing them in a larger envelope addressed to: Customer-Affixed Stamps, George Meany, Postmaster, Washington, D.C. 20066-9991.

Your requests must be made by Sept. 15.

- Syd Kronish