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US Postal Service To Honor Living Individuals On Stamps

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Posted 09/26/2011   09:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add spanishmoss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

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A Special Announcement from Stephen M. Kearney, Manager, Stamp Services

Americans will soon be seeing acclaimed musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and other nationally known figures on U.S. postage stamps while they are still alive. The Postal Service is dropping a rule that requires an individual to be deceased for at least five years before being honored on a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals could be eligible for commemoration on a stamp as soon as next year, and we want your input.

We invite you to submit the top five living people you would like to see on a stamp. Send us your ideas via Facebook (facebook.com/USPSStamps) and Twitter (@USPSStamps).

Your suggestions will be reviewed by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, the group responsible for recommending stamp subjects to the Postmaster General. To read more about CSAC and the stamp selection process, and to view the current selection criteria, visit the USPS website.

We want our stamp program to be relevant and engaging a program that reflects the best of our nation. To do that, we need your feedback and support. Help us decide which stamps will most interest you.


Stephen M. Kearney
Manager, Stamp Services



I wholeheartedly disagree with this. What do ya'll think?
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Edited by spanishmoss - 09/26/2011 09:12 am

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Posted 09/26/2011   09:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great, we'll get to see more of Branjelina!
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Posted 09/26/2011   09:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clintd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This sounds like a ploy to sell collectors more junk!
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Posted 09/26/2011   09:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! That's quite a reversal from a longstanding tradition of not honoring living people.

I agree with spanishmoss that this is not a good thing. There are people that I can think of who were held in great esteem in their field (i.e. entertainment, sports, business, politics, etc.) and were later found guilty of crimes that ruined their career. If the USPS is going to issue stamps for people who are living, what will this do to the integrity of stamp collecting if a person so depicted is later found guilty of crimes against society? We could very well find the US issuing stamps that would become the joke of the stamp collecting world. We already know the embarrassment the USPS went through when an inanimate object such as the Statue of Liberty was found to be depicting the Las Vegas replica. What happens when a stamp is issued for a well known person that may later become a convicted criminal?

It's only after a person's death, that the quality of their lifetime achievements can be truly measured.

Frankly, I think this quote from an ABC News report on the matter sums up what's really in the minds of USPS officials in making this change:


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The post office has been facing severe financial problems and increasing in interest in stamp collecting could help boost income, since stamps that are collected rather than used for postage provide an added source of income.


Another thing: We've already been bombarded with 60+ new issues already announced for 2012, and with a probable rate change next year, even more, and now with living persons to be depicted on stamps, that number could escalate even further, and outside of many people's budgets to purchase all of the new issues as they come out, so it could come back to "haunt" the USPS in making such a drastic change.

For those in support of the idea, since we already have the ability to purchase personalized stamps that allow one to add images of friends and family who are living, I guess it's not so far off track.

I still don't agree with the concept, though.

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Edited by wt1 - 09/26/2011 09:34 am
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Posted 09/26/2011   09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If only we had implemented this policy 40 years ago. We would have an O. J. Simpson stamp in our collections.
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Posted 09/26/2011   09:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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What happens when a stamp is issued for a well known person that may later become a convicted criminal?


Here's an OJ Simpson stamp from Guyana 1993 (top left corner, hard to see, not a great image taken from the web)




But I've also notice Guyana has a thing for Disney characters and the Three Stooges.

Seriously, Canada changed their policy a few years ago, and I didn't think it was a good idea then either. A Robbie Robertson stamp was shown on another thread here recently.
Obviously they are catering to collectors.Wt1 says the US has already announced 60+ stamps for next year. But really, what is a company in financial trouble to do. They have to generate income to keep going. And here's one proven commodity they have to help do that. Lots of countries have produced stamps strictly for collectors for decades. Guess it was just a matter of time before Canada and the US jumped on the bandwagon.
Doesn't mean we have to buy them.
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Posted 09/26/2011   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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If only we had implemented this policy 40 years ago. We would have an O. J. Simpson stamp in our collections.


...or Enron Founder, Kenneth Lay
...or Ponzi Scheme Convict, Bernie Madoff

...or any number of other less than exemplary people who would make the stamps issued by the US Postal Service a laughing stock of the stamp collecting world.

Edit: I was just thinking...there will likely be need for a Board to oversee the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to avoid any chance of corruption, as I would guess there are some living people who would pay a sizable premium to get their names (faces) into the public eye through such a medium as a postage stamp. Wouldn't put it past some politicians and entertainers to pay for the privilege of "advertising" their image to promote their personal agenda.
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Edited by wt1 - 09/26/2011 10:22 am
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Posted 09/26/2011   10:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wt1, think Hollywood's Walk of Fame. I understand stars can and do campaign for the 'honour'.
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Posted 09/26/2011   11:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rileysan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Has anyone verified this from official sources? I find it odd that the USPS would use social media as a forum for such an important change in policy. Additionally, anyone can create a Facebook, MySpace, or twitter account with someone else's name.

I'm not saying this isn't factual, but wouldn't be surprised if it was a hoax, either.
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Posted 09/26/2011   12:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh goodie. Now we will get advertising of people who can pay the PO to issue stamps for them. I can't wait for the Steven King stamp (bet he sells more books as soon as the stamp it published).

Bad move PO, bad move.
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Posted 09/26/2011   1:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Has anyone verified this from official sources?


Riley,

This was went to me from the USA Philatelic Team in an email this morning. The same info can be found on their website, www.beyondtheperf.com.


I wish it were a hoax! Reading people's comments on Facebook is pretty disturbing. Let's hope the post office doesn't take their recommendations seriously.
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Posted 09/26/2011   2:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now this from CBS:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011...111543.shtml

They are asking people to pick from a list that includes everyone from Neil Armstrong to Lady Gaga to Oprah Winfrey.
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Posted 09/26/2011   2:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I keep seeing stamps from smaller countries with people like Naomi Campbell and I have to ask myself "Why?"

edit- ok, a quick google and I find Naomi on stamps of Ivory Coast and...Austria? There goes my respect for the Austrian postal system.
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Edited by jamesw - 09/26/2011 2:08 pm
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Posted 09/26/2011   4:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is what I want, a Lady GaGa stamp! It will show the world how cool and in sync with the times we are! (Yeah sure).
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Posted 09/26/2011   4:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now you've got me wondering if they would be self adhesive, or we'd get to lick them on the back?
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Posted 09/26/2011   4:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Now you've got me wondering if they
would be self adhesive, or we'd get to lick them on the back?



That will just be our luck.
All this time we've been begging for gummed stamps,
and now we'll get them...... with Lady Gaga or
Bill Clinton on the front. YUCK!!
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