Magazine article Insight on the News

Capital Knickknacks Online

Magazine article Insight on the News

Capital Knickknacks Online

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E-commerce emerged as the big story at the end of the 20th century, and loyal citizens now can find patriotic gifts -- or at least amusing Americana -- online.

Take, for instance, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (www.bep.treas. gov/store/uc1.htm), which offers uncut $1, $2 and $5 bills and an assortment of other items. The currency runs from $15 for a sheet of four $1 bills to $196 for a sheet of 32 $5 bills. The $2 notes are the hottest sellers.

"We only print $2 bills very rarely," says the bureau's spokesman, Ed Sheehan. "People like to frame them and give them as gifts."

Of course, there is no rule against using them for something a tad more functional. "This is genuine money," says Sheehan. "They can cut them to size and spend them."

The U.S. Postal Service also has moved into the online gift business ( It sells items like its "Pony Express Most Wanted T-Shirt" ($19.95) and Paul Bunyan blue ox boxer shorts ($14.95).

The Smithsonian museums are online ( shop.htm), as is the White House Historical Association (www. …

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