For the first time, living people will be eligible to be honored on U.S. postage stamps.
The U.S. Postal Service announced today that it is ending its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still alive and it's asking the public to offer suggestions on who should be first.
Musicians, sports stars, writers, artists—the possibilities are endless. Charlie Sheen, anyone?
"This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.
Stamp Services manager Stephen Kearney said, "Engaging the public to offer their ideas is an innovative way to expand interest in stamps and the popular hobby of collecting them."
They are inviting suggestions through Facebook, Twitter, a postal service website and, of course, by mail to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20260-3501.
How about this on your pristine white envelope?
100 million votes, guaranteed.
Who do you want to see in your upper right hand corner? Your level of interest may well determine the financial future of the troubled USPS. Give it some thought and share your thoughts here. Or send a letter to Washington with a boring old stamp on it.
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