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John Lennon and Snoopy on U.S. stamps?

John Lennon, Snoopy and gay rights icon Harvey Milk may soon have something special in common — their own new U.S. postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service may soon be honoring the late former leader of The Beatles, John Lennon, with his own stamp.  A recently leaked document by the US Postal Services’ The Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee lists an assortment of important individuals and subjects worthy of attention.  The list, recently published by the Washington Post, includes three differently color-coded groups: Red (indicative of “in design development”), Green (noting “design approved”) and Black (indicating “not yet in design”).

While Snoopy will actually only be part of the Charlie Brown/”Peanuts” cast, Lennon is presently causing a controversy among stamp collectors and related purists.  U.S. postage stamps have generally only included the images of citizens.  This is perhaps the main reason why the USPS has yet to officially announce a release date for the stamp.


John Lennon

Critics also claim that the financially-troubled postal service is pushing a pop culture-heavy publication list in order to interest “a new generation of collectors” as the newspaper noted.  Considering the fact that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and “Sesame Street” are included on the list of stamps to be put out over the next two years this seems like a distinct possibility.

The presence of such icons and celebrities as James Brown, Johnny Carson, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as well as plans to re-issue the all-time bestseller Elvis Presley there seems little room for doubt that this is definitely a business decision.  The yet-to-be-finalized list also features the likes of sharks, cartoon character Dora the Explorer, famous performers such as Michael Jackson, Tammy Wynette and Sarah Vaughn and Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Purists, however, need not be concerned as various sources indicate that the USPS will continue to release special occasion-friendly stamps such as flowers, hearts and wedding cakes.  Perhaps the goal is to increase stamp sales however possible. An anonymous source at a California post office agrees that the USPS probably prefers to keep the above-mentioned list in order to garner more publicity with the release of each new postage stamp.

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.