US Postal Service tries to make stamps cool again

Whose face should be on the next government-issued stamp?

It’s no secret the US Postal Service is struggling these days. Apparently e-mail really proves to be a more effective form of communication.

In a desperate attempt to make snail mail cool again the USPS will start putting the face of living people on its stamps.

In the past, a person had to be dead for five years before their faces could grace stamps, with the exception of former presidents who had to be deceased one year.

“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 via the Washington Post.

Enjoy the honor and make an extra buck for USPS, right?

It comes to no surprise that funnyman Stephen Colbert, who is no stranger to poking fun at the USPS’ financial woes, is campaigning to be the first living person to be depicted on a government-issued stamp.

On his website, ColbertNation.com, he proposes a “Farewell to Postage” stamp with a photo of himself holding a smart phone. The message on the smart phone directed to USPS is as straightforward as it can get: “See Ya!”

Who is ready to revamp their stamp collection? What’s a stamp collection, you ask? Ask your mother.

So who should be given the honor? Whose face would you trust to deliver a belated birthday card you’re sending your brother a week late? Keep in mind people, previous stamps include the faces of George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. So maybe a Charlie Sheen stamp isn’t the way to go.

Suggestions can be made through the Postal Service’s Facebook page, Twitter and website. You can also mail it in (ha!) to Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Samp Development, Room 3300, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260-3501.


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