There's been a lot of recent media attention given to the USPS decision to allow living persons
to appear on US Postage Stamps.
Such action prompted this recent news article suggesting that living persons
were (perhaps inadvertently) depicted on US Postage Stamps in the past, although I don't believe this is a conclusive list:
Published October 25, 2011, 11:30 PMhttp://www.inforum.com/event/articl.../group/News/Lind: Stamps of the living nothing new
By: Bob Lind, INFORUM
It was reported recently that the U.S. Postal Service has a long-standing rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still living.
Wrong, says Louise Bakken of Fargo. She says many stamps have featured living people over the years. Some of them were residents of North Dakota.
One of the most famous is a 1990 stamp showing Dwight Eisenhower talking to paratroopers just before the D-Day invasion. One of the troopers is Bill Hayes, who was from Fargo.
Bill made it safely through the war, then returned to Fargo where he worked for Sears and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He died in 2006.
Then there was the Trans-Mississippi stamp of 1898 that had Evan Nybakken, of Cass County, on it; that stamp was shown in a recent Neighbors column. And in 1962, a stamp honoring the Homestead Act showed John Bakken (no relation to Louise's husband) and his family standing by their sod house near Milton, N.D.
All of these people were living when the stamps were issued.
But then, Louise writes, many other stamps had living people on them. Among them: the stamp featuring the Times Square sailor-kissing-nurse picture on V-J Day; the Iwo Jima flag-raising stamp, issued when some of the men were living; the stamp showing the astronauts walking on the moon; well, the list goes on and on.
There you go, neighbors. You can't lick Louise's postage stamp argument.
After reading that article, I wonder what other US stamps may have depicted living persons
on them? I'm thinking of stamps issued for Scouting, Space, and/or Olympics, but I suppose the argument could be made that the images were intentionally anonymous and not directly depicting any specific living person.
(By the way, I don't recall having heard the story before about the person depicted on the Trans-Mississippi issue of 1898.)