Living Celebrities to be Honored on Stamps

September 26, 2011 Updated Sep 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM EDT

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Living Celebrities to be Honored on Stamps

September 26, 2011 Updated Sep 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM EDT

(U.S. Postal Service news release) Beginning next year, Americans will see acclaimed musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and other nationally-known figures on U.S. postage stamps — while they are still alive.

And the Postal Service is inviting the public to use social media to submit their ideas for individuals to honor.  

The Postal Service is dropping a rule that currently requires an individual to have been deceased at least five years before being honored on a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals will be eligible for commemoration on postage stamps.  

"This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor," said Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General. "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."

Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services, said, "Engaging the public to offer their ideas is an innovative way to expand interest in stamps and the popular hobby of collecting them. We are inviting our customers to submit the top five living individuals they would like to see on stamps through Facebook and Twitter. As always, you can mail your suggestions to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20260-3501."