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If the War on Terror hasn’t exactly left you swelling with patriotic pride, well, the U.S. postage stamp is always there to get your red, white, and blue juices a-flowin’ again. Yessir, those sticky bits of paper predate the Civil War, honor everyone from Malcolm X to thin Elvis, and tell a pictographic history of our fair nation. Yet the United States is only one of the many countries whose postage will be scrutinized at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition. The exhibition itself transcends mere stampery; programming for philatelists young and old ranges from a board meeting for the International Society of Guatemala Collectors to a program of “informal paper collectible evaluations” sponsored by the American Stamp Dealers Association. And for those cynics suffering from overexposure to American exceptionalism, there’s also a NASCAR simulator. The exhibition is on view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Saturday, June 3, at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Free. (800) 368-9000. (Justin Moyer)