U.S. Postal Service to put living people on stamps, looks for suggestions; How about Steve Jobs?

“Who would you put on a stamp? Hoping to boost sagging revenue, the U.S. Postal Service on Monday abandoned its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still alive and is asking the public for suggestions,” Hope Yen and Stacy A. Anderson report for The Associated Press.

“It’s a first that means living sports stars, writers, artists and other prominent — or not-so-prominent — people could take their places in postal history next to the likes of George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., and Marilyn Monroe,” Yen and Anderson report. “‘This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor,’ said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. But it seems to be at least as much about money as admiration.”

Yen and Anderson report, “Since Jan. 1, 2007, the Postal Service has required that a person be deceased five years before appearing on a stamp. Before that, the rule was 10 years. Still, former presidents were remembered on stamps in the year following their deaths by tradition. And, more recently, people have been able to upload photos and design their own stamps for personal use through the U.S. mail. The post office is inviting suggestions for new stamps through Facebook (recommendations), Twitter, and by mail to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260-3501.”

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  1. Darrell Lance Abbott(dead but it’s long over due)

    A whole rock series would be pretty sweet though! Who wouldn’t want the Metallica guys on their letters?

    Put porn stars on the lickable ones 😉

  2. I find it ironic that they want to boost revenue and are asking for suggestions on social networking sites. They should require you to send your suggestions on a post card.

  3. Steve Jobs owns this decade hands-down, and also his profile as most the influential person fits into this century. I propose Steve Jobs to be the first living person to be commemorated on a stamp.

  4. I vote for President Obama. He will surely be a big seller. Not only will democrats and others buy it for the historic nature of the first black president but also the first living person on a stamp; that’s a two-fer.

    It will also be a big seller in conservative circles believe it or not. Republicans will buy the stamps if only to line the bottom of their bird cages and afterwards will frame it. It will probably become a big art movement for conservatives especially the T-Party crowd to see who can come up with the most defiling work.

    Vote Obama in 2011 and again in 2012.

    1. Don’t forget, he’s also the recipient of a preemptive Nobel Prize for peace, just for being him or whatever. Good enough reason to give him a stamp the day before the election results, so that it won’t be tacky.

  5. “Hoping to boost sagging revenue”
    How about cutting cost? Hers a simple plan!

    1. Go to every other day deliver, Mon,Wed,Fri for some, Tue,Thur,Sat for the rest,

    2. Eliminate subsidized bulk junk mail, 90% is trashed any way.

    3. Eliminate subsidized overnight and next day rates, taxpayers are paying for something the private sector can and does better!

    1. No, no Friday deliveries. Nothing in there but bad news and I swear the worse the news is, the more the sender works on making it arrive on Friday. “You’ve been laid off Bill. Have a nice weekend!”

  6. People and companies don’t actually mail more letters just because the photo of a popular person is on the stamp. Therefore, this can’t increase revenues or profits (reduce losses) for the USPS …

    … unless the more popular photos cause more people to buy stamps that they don’t actually use, either for stamp collections or for other uses, such as gifts to the fans of those whose photos are featured.

    This is similar to the US Mint’s recent practice of coming out with new coins — nickels, quarters, etc. — so that collectors will buy and hold them. Production cost 3-cents, selling price 25-cents, net profit 22-cents.

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