Oracle of Delphi- I liked a few of the new stamps- the locomotives and the moon landing were good. The rest as you say "meh". I liked Lennon. I was a grade school beatlemaniac when he was new to the scene but I wonder how he got on a US stamp. I'd think a UK stamp would be more appropriate.
Talking about the poor design state of some stamps made me think of this-- A young musician just starting a career goes to a fortune teller who says " The good news is you will be so famous you"ll be honored with a stamp. The bad news is it'll be a crappy stamp."
Lennon moved to New York in 1971 and lived in the U.S. until his death in 1980, although he was embroiled in legal battles with the immigration authorities until 1976, when he was finally granted permanent residency (a "green card"). He would have been eligible for U.S. citizenship in 1981.
The U.K. issued a set of Beatles stamps in 2007; six of the stamps feature album cover art, and the other four feature Beatles memorabilia.
erilaz--Man was I ignorant. I was aware of Lennons' bio and his problems settling in the US. I wasn't really considering his status as a world citizen. When I looked for those UK stamps on the web, I saw that he's honored on stamps in countries around the world. It all makes sense now.
Medal of Honor recipients have been commemorated on US stamps in the past as a group and as individuals.
I would like to see a series on the underground rail stops. There are supposed to be a couple in my neighborhood with actual underground tunnels and hideaways. I've never been able to determine if it's true or just local lore.
When I started this topic, I said that i'd let everyone get their "two cents" in before I mentioned my offerings, and there have been some really great ideas here. I wish that the US Postal Administration's stamp advisory committee or whatever it is called takes notes. As for my own suggestions, I'm surprised that many of the Abolitionist speakers writers, and politicians have been overlooked. Granted Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others have been so honored, but there are others who also carried a heavy burden on the journey towards the abolition of slavery, and the creation of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments like Thaddeus Stevens, and Henry Ward Beecher, to name just a couple. My number #1 pick though for being honored on a US stamp would be Senator Charles Sumner from Massachusetts who was very nearly beaten to death on the floor of the Senate by a senator from South Carolina who disagreed with Sumner's stance on slavery. Like John Brown, Sumner had his blood spilled in his fight against racial injustice and for the freedom and equality of all men.