Sunday, November 06, 2011

Janet Klug: Stamp Collecting's Ambassador-at-Large

The Beyond The Perf website features a nice article about past APS president and current Citizens  Stamp Advisory Committee member Janet Klug.

The site reports, "Six-year-old Janet was a little jealous when her two older brothers were given stamp collections one Christmas morning. So she waited until her brothers lost interest and then “confiscated” their collections, hiding them under her bed. Once the coast was clear, a lifelong passion was born."

It goes on to say, "She specifically remembers a Canadian issue, a 'pretty lady stamp' of young Queen Elizabeth. On a map, Canada was not far from Klug’s native Ohio, but to the elementary-school student, it was a million miles away.

As regards the recent USPS decision to put living persons on U.S. stamps, Janet is quoted as saying, “The United States is late out of the gate doing this. I think it’s a great idea. Why not honor people during their lives?” After all, the Postal Service has, after a fashion, recognized a living person on a stamp. The First Moon Landing, 1969 stamp (issued in 1994) doesn’t name Neil Armstrong, but, she says, 'who else could it be?' Further, the very first postal stamp honored a living person — Queen Victoria, issued in England in 1840."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM