USPS EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR STAMP RECOGNITION
Beginning next year, the Postal Service’s stamp program will recognize acclaimed musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and other nationally-known figures on U.S. postage stamps — while they’re still alive.
USPS is ending its rule stating an individual must have been deceased for at least five years before becoming eligible to be honored with a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals will be eligible for commemoration.
“This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor,” said PMG Patrick Donahoe. “These remarkable individuals — through their transformative achievements in their respective fields — have made enduring contributions to the United States of America. Honoring living individuals expands the interest in stamp topics and keeps our program timely, relevant and contemporary.”
USPS is inviting the public to use social media to submit their ideas for individuals to honor. “We’re inviting our customers to submit the top five living individuals they would like to see on stamps through Facebook and Twitter,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services.
Each year, the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) — composed of individuals whose backgrounds reflect a wide range of educational, artistic, historical and professional expertise — receives as many as 40,000 suggestions for stamp subjects.
Click here for information on the CSAC and the stamp selection process. Send suggestions to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260-3501.
source: USPS News Link