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Lady Gaga Could Soon Be On Postage

December 5, 2011 by  

Lady Gaga Could Soon Be On Postage

In September, the United States Postal Service (USPS) waived a rule that required stamp honorees to be at least five years deceased, the result: The likes of Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Lady Gaga and others may soon adorn your postage stamps.

The decision was made in an effort to boost interest and sagging sales, postal officials asked customers to use social media or mail, to nominate an American or American-related subjects that “made enduring contributions to the United States of America.”

A panel made up of former postal officials, artists, designers and congressional staffers, reviews more than 40,000 suggestions and selects about 50 suggestions for new stamps for consideration each year. The Postal Service then spends about $40,000 to develop and produce each new stamp. Though it does not pay license fees for the images of a character or famous person, it does pay about $5,000 to artists and designers to produce the final image.

USPS has received at least 1,500 submissions by mail and more than 1,000 through social media that fit its new, less restrictive criteria.

Stamps generate between $250 million and $300 million in annual sales, a fraction of total postal revenues, according to The Washington Post.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Karolyn

    So what?

    • http://naver samurai

      She is a satan worshiper. If you look at her clothes, she wears an upside down cross in many places. This counts on her crotch. This doesn’t sound like a good example for our children. You say “So what?” This is the kind of attitude that is destroying our country. The “who cares” attitude. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • kevinnc

        A satan worshipper? Seriously?

        • Joe H.

          kevinnc,
          I don’t know if she is or not, but if the PO thinks I’m gonna lick a stamp with THAT womans face on it, then they gotta be crazy!!

      • Kathy B.

        The reason they want her on the stamp is b/c she is a satanist.

        • Cawmun Cents

          Personally…I can’t wait for the Jimmy Hoffa commemorative stamp,featuring a photo of concrete goulashes,and an oil drum.-CC.

    • BSG

      If they think putting some pop culture image on their little stickers is going to save the slowly dying post office, they live in laa laa land. Privatize it and get rid of the bloated union contracts. While the government back post office languishes Fed Ex and UPS are going strong and making enough money to pay a few taxes.

      • Joe H.

        BSG,
        And get rid of that REDICULOUS kick back the government gets from them every year!!!

  • Patriot Diva

    Lady Gagme should NEVER be on a stamp! She makes me want to puke.

    • Christine

      I guess they put anything on our american stamps including trash!!!!

  • One-Angel

    I say, why not? They have already put Micky Mouse on a postage stamp and last I heard he wasn’t dead either.

  • kevinnc

    This is considered news? Someone got paid to write this? THAT is sad.

  • Janet

    I sure won’t be buying any of those stamps.

  • Michael Hughey

    Why not. Sure wouldn’t be any more offensive then that of Barrack Hussein Obama.

    • Joe H.

      Michael Hughey,
      Thats ANOTHER stamp that had better be SELF STICK!!!

  • Jon

    Actually, I think the Post Office should expand the idea– for a price. Let anyone who wants to get stamps made with their favorite picture on it and charge them, say, 50 cents apiece for the first 2,000,000 printed (minimum) and maybe 30 cents after that. The PO might actually be solvent within year. And we, the consumers, can always cover the face with our thumbs when carrying the envelope.

    • libertytrain

      they tried that last year or so -

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