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Posted 09/18/2022   1:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Perf10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
British monarchs have not been honored on US stamps. Do you think that will change with Queen Elizabeth II?
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Posted 09/18/2022   1:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe they will recapture their colonies.

I would not be surprised with many post offices focusing on stamp collectors even the USPS would issue such a stamp. But I hope they remain sensible and do not start to replicate the Grenada and Grenadines issuing policy.
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Posted 09/18/2022   7:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tsmatx to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It had never occurred to me how few non-American people (or people not directly involved in pre-USA history like Columbus, Leif Eriksen, Ponce de Leon) have appeared on US stamps. Looking through Scott I mostly see examples from the 60's & 70's (1964 Shakespeare, 1965 Churchill, 1965 Dante, 1973 Copernicus, 1974 Michelangelo) but not many others. Does USPS have an official stance on this?
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Posted 09/18/2022   8:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Stamp subject selection criteria
The U.S. Postal Service and the members of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) have set certain basic criteria used in determining the eligibility of subjects for commemoration on all U.S. stamps and stationery.

U.S. postage stamps and stationery will primarily feature American or American-related subjects. Other subjects may be considered if the subject had significant impact on American history, culture or environment.
The Postal Service will honor extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society, history, culture or environment.
U.S. stamp programs are planned and developed two to three years in advance. In order to be considered, subject matter suggestions should be submitted three or more years in advance of the proposed stamp.
Living people will not be considered at the present time. Beginning in 2018, proposals for a deceased individual will be considered three years following his/her death.
A memorial stamp will be issued honoring U.S. presidents after they are deceased.
Events of historical significance shall be considered for commemoration on anniversaries in multiples of 50 years.
A balance of stamp subjects that includes themes of widespread national appeal and significance will be considered for commemoration. Official postal cancellations, which may be arranged through the local postmaster, may be requested for significant local events or commemorations.
Commemorative postage stamps will be issued at intervals of 50 years from the date of the state's first entry into the Union.
The stamp program commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, culture and environment; therefore, negative occurrences and disasters will not be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps or stationery.
Due to the limitations placed on annual postal programs and the vast number of locales, organizations and institutions in existence, it would be difficult to single out any one of the following for commemoration: government agencies, localities, non-profit organizations, associations, and similar entities. Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs. However, these subjects may be recognized with commemorative postmarks.
Stamps may be issued for the five active-duty branches Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. This includes Reserve/Guard components of the current organizational structure. Stamps for the major service academies will be considered on a case-by-case basis for 50-year anniversaries (or multiples thereof).
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Posted 09/18/2022   8:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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British monarchs have not been honored on US stamps. Do you think that will change with Queen Elizabeth II?


Considering that the POTUS ordered all US Flags to be flown at half staff in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who knows what foreign monarchs this country will honor with a stamp in the future. Royalty, both US and Foreign born, has been honored and shown on our stamps over the years.

That said, the above posted "Stamp subject selection criteria" is more of a suggestion when politics are in play. For example, there was only a small tap dance to honor Mother Teresa, aka Saint Teresa of Calcutta, on one of the USA stamps. No tap dance at all that I remember for St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

So yes we have the ability to honor the late Queen either as royalty, religion or political leadership. Now contrary to (mis)statements by President Reagan [look it up], Queen Elizabeth II was not the Royal from whom we revolted back in 1776.
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I look at it this way. If the USPS can issue Simpson Family stamps, they can honor the Queen.
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I could not find a single US stamp depicting royalty unless you count Grace Kelly or The King (Elvis).
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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If the USPS can issue Simpson Family stamps, they can honor the Queen.



The Simpsons have been of far greater impact on US society then the Queen ever was. 34 seasons. Of course the Queen was on Entertainment Tonight a bunch of times......
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good points.
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
While the U.S. may not have commemorated a British monarch, I would take a broader view - the U.S. has commemorated quite a few world leaders. In addition to those noted above, I would add the Champion of Liberty series. Expanding the criteria slightly, we have honored quite a few of the foreign-born military leaders who helped us fight the American revolution. The list of non-Americans soon becomes considerable.
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Posted 09/18/2022   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Foreign born but American citizens, no? At that time that would include just about everybody, no?

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Posted 09/18/2022   10:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tsmatx to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Champions of Liberty (1957-61) I missed. But I think what's more interesting is this appears recent phenomenon. There were handful of non-Americans before approx 1980 but not since.

If Nelson Mandela (d. 2013) doesn't get US stamp, I don't think QEII will.


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Posted 09/19/2022   4:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add waddsbadds to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rogdcam said he couldn't find a US stamp depicting royalty, except for Grace Kelly, what about Queen Isabella of Spain on one of the 1893 Columbus stamps?
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Posted 09/19/2022   5:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wayner_11 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, she's about to hand over the family jewels on the $1 and appears on others too.
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Posted 09/19/2022   11:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Would Kamehameha I count (US 1937 Scott #799)?
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Posted 09/19/2022   11:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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