USPS runs out of important dead people
For the first time in history, the United States Postal Service will be considering having the image of a living person on a U.S. stamp.
Previously, the U.S. Postal Service required that the person who was to be immortalized on a stamp would have to have been dead for at least five years. Even this was a change from the more stringent rules in place before 2007 which called for the person to have passed at least 10 years before being considered to be commemorated on a U.S. stamp.
A statement from the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe said, “This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor.”
The Postal Service is inviting all Americans to submit their pick. They nomination can be submitted through their website, Facebook, Twitter, and of course the ever-relevant snail mail.
This got me thinking…is that just another way of saying “We’ve run out of important dead people”?
Hopefully this stunt will help renew interest in traditional mail, and get the USPS out of its multi-billion-dollar debt. But I don’t know how likely this is, since, unfortunately, the only people using stamps are not young enough to recognize anyone famous who is not yet dead, and they are the only people still buying stamps.