Customers list their choices for living stamp subjects

From USPS News Link:

If respondents on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter accounts had their way, postage stamps would soon bear the images of Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Springsteen.

Those are the popular online suggestions — so far — for stamp subjects after the Postal Service last month announced its decision to begin honoring living people on stamps in 2012 and inviting the public to submit their ideas for individuals to honor through social media (Link, 9/26).

The idea appears to have captured the public’s imagination, judging from the amount of feedback the announcement is receiving. According to Steve Kearney, manager, Stamp Services, “likes” on the Postal Service’s Facebook page — in just one week after the announcement — jumped from slightly more than 3,000 to more than 5,900. In that time, the Postal Service’s Twitter account picked up 648 additional followers.

Entertainers are the most popular online choices for living subjects, with pop performer Lady Gaga receiving the most votes — including nearly 70 percent of the nominations from Twitter. Following her in popularity are Stephen Colbert and Oprah Winfrey.

After entertainers, political, historical and social leaders have the most nominations. Among these are presidents, first ladies, writer Maya Angelou, Bill Gates and a petition for Dr. Bill Bass. There is no clear leader in this category, though Astronaut Neil Armstrong is the second most popular choice overall for all categories.

People also have taken time to write more than 600 letters containing suggestions, and Lady Gaga was proposed in only two. Letters continue to arrive every day, and to date the most popular choices include living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rev. Billy Graham, Bob Dylan and Bill Gates.

The Postal Service publicized its new policy through other means and received similar levels of feedback. An email sent to more than 10,000 subscribers of Beyond the Perf was opened by 5,092. Beyond the Perf has since added 83 new subscribers.

  • BJM

    How about a Steve Jobs stamp?We would sell billions,and they are forever.Dah!!!

  • CML

    Bill Gates perfect choice.

  • CML

    Steve Jobs great choice.

  • My 2 cents

    Does USPS think that allowing living stamp subjects will increase stamp collecting as a hobby?? Bad idea. Most stamp collections formerly considered to increase in value, are only worth face value of the stamp. I’m using mine on mail now to get rid of them.

  • brian

    Why is it a bad idea? What’s the downside? It’s not as if it costs more to print a picture of a living person. And the value of your stamp collection is of no concern to the USPS- the only thing that matters is how many stamps people buy. If you buy a bunch of Lady Gaga stamps and don’t use them for mailing stuff, it doesn’t matter to the USPS if you put them in an album or stick them on your face.

  • Ruben J

    I want lots of LadyGaga Stamps.

  • kevin

    Well my vote has to be for LADY GAGA(aka Stefani Germanotta)!! The USPS would be smart to ride her meteoric rise!!!The USPS could make a carrer out of putting GAGA on stamps!!! Hope you put GAGA on as your 1st selection!! You could do a huge series on her,just a though!!