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Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison & more to Appear on U.S. Postage Stamps

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison & more to Appear on U.S. Postage Stamps

    By Kory Grow
    February 21, 2014

    Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year. 2015 will also see a re-release of Elvis Presley's 29-cent tribute from 1993 — the Postal Service's best-selling stamp ever — according to The Washington Post. A stamp for John Lennon has been planned for an as-yet-unannounced date.

    As published in a missive by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (via the Post), this year will also see the arrival of stamps honoring NBA champ Wilt Chamberlain, undisclosed celebrity chefs, "America's Most Loved Pets" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Next year, the Postal Service will release stamps for Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman and the gang from Peanuts.

    The document also names a number of people and characters who will be honored with stamps sometime in the future. Among them are general music-related stamps honoring guitars and hip-hop, as well as several new entries in the U.S.P.S.'s Music Icons series, including Lennon, Bill Monroe, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, "Fats" Waller, Freddie Fender, Roy Orbison, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon. Michael Jackson will also be getting his own stamp that is not part of the Icons series.

    Other stamps planned for a later date include Barack Obama, both Bush presidents, Bill Clinton, 20th Century humorists, Ansel Adams, a Black Heritage series, science fiction writers, pro football, Hanna-Barbera characters, Dora the Explorer and more.

    A U.S.P.S. rep told the Post that stamp subjects may change at any time. The Postal Service is looking to attract younger stamp collectors with some of these new additions; because some of these proposed stamps betray previous stamp guidelines (such as the subject being American, in the case of John Lennon), this new direction has become controversial among older philatelists.
  2. I thought US stamps did not feature living people. So living Presidents (current and former) shouldn't be possible.
  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    A lady at the post office really wanted me to have a Jimi Hendrix stamp book. Now why did she think I look like I would want Jimi Hendrix stamps?
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    We've seen you...

    The Grateful Dead had a chemist that like to dose unsuspecting people...
  5. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    So Sam Cooke is to get "honored" on a stamp, huh? Well, that will make his defenders (claiming he was such an angel) happy as they still claim that he was killed by "conspirators".

    I guess, though, that I would have shot him also, had I been in that hotel manager's shoes.
  6. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    You are correct, but
    OP did say "at a later date"....by law that HAS to mean post-mortem.
  7. Calexia13


    May 22, 2007
    charlie chaplain was on a US stamp some time back, he was born in England. Why not have John Lennon also?
  8. Besides the fact that I don't see how that's relevant, Chaplain was a naturalized citizen. Lennon remained a British subject his entire life.And Chaplin died long before he was put on a stamp.
  9. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    God Bless America!
  10. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

    It just means those guys would be old now.