USPS To Honor Living People On Stamps

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

11 thoughts on “USPS To Honor Living People On Stamps

  1. Sorry, Marcia. I heard on MSNBC News that teachers are commies and overpaid lazy do-nothings, like big government postal employees. And MSNBC News is always FAR FAR Left and un
    balanced, don’t ya know.

  2. Sorry, Marcia. I heard on Fox News that teachers are commies and overpaid lazy do-nothings, like big government postal employees. And Fox News is always right. Fair and balanced, don’t ya know.

  3. I think It is a Great idea. I would like to see Regis Philbin, President Obama, maybe have a contest recommending outstanding Teachers of America. I hope the Postal Service Continues. There are People in this Country who do not own computers. From Marcia

  4. The placement of living people on postage stamps is totally wrong.

    The post office needs to make money so place GM, Ford, United Airlines logos on stamps. If the PO approves the stamp and the company pays to have it made and the PO gets the revenue from it that is the way they should go.

    Think uot of the box and make some needed revenue.

  5. Obama will be the first one. Then they can use it to get him re-elected. There is definitely a reason for this.

  6. This is totally absurd. Instead of working to fix the fundamental problems with the USPS they contrive this lame brained scheme. What happens if the face that appears on today’s stamp is found to be a fraud (Madoff?) Is the stamp unusable then? No one alive should be so honored. This idea should never have seen the light of day.

  7. I guarantee you there is a reason for this. A REASON, one and only reason and I will give you a hint. Later you can tell me I was correct. The HINT is O-B-A-M-A. OK, just you wait and see. The PO is being pressured to come up with a stamp already. There is a reason for honoring and naming STUFF after people that have deceased 10 years or more. You can pretty much rest assured that after that period of time, nothing embarassing is going to pop up. Mark my word. Write it down.

  8. maybe the current “forever” stamp should be replaced with a new
    stamp called the “whenever stamp.” this stamp would have the face/mug
    of post master donahoe and the post office would then deliver this
    mail “whenever” they damn well pleased or not at all if this is what donahoe
    wanted! stinking customers are nothing but an annoyance to donahoe
    anyhow, or so that is what his behavior suggests.

  9. The post office has really hit rock bottom with this foolish idea.
    It will be a popularity contest now.
    Pretty sad ;-(

  10. Is this Issa’s goal–have his face on a stamp? It would be as worthless as he is trying to make the USPS.

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