Post Office OKs Living Persons on Stamps
According to Schmid, "Since Jan. 1, 2007, the requirement has been that a person must have been deceased five years before appearing on a stamp. Before that, the rule was 10 years. (By tradition, though, former presidents are remembered on a stamp in the year following their deaths.)"
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is quoted as saying, "This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor,"
"The post office has been facing severe financial problems," writes Schmid, "and increasing in interest in stamp collecting could help boost income, since stamps that are collected rather than used for postage provide an added source of income."
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