Americans may soon be seeing Steve Jobs and other famous celebrity icons on none other than their 2015 postage stamps. Jobs, John Lennon of The Beatles, Harvey Milk, the late gay rights activist, and Snoopy, are reported to be scheduled to make their appearances on the American stamps next year, although a specific date for the stamps’ release has yet to be announced. Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who died in October of 2011, is the only tech person that the postal service is currently planning to feature on a stamp.
Snoopy, the popular Peanuts character created by Charles Schultz in the 1960s, will probably be appearing on the stamps with several other members of the Peanuts gang, and is likely to appeal to the Baby Boomer demographic. Other commemorative stamps targeting Baby Boomers are also set to be released of Sesame Street characters and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the popular clay-mation cartoon from several decades ago. In addition, stamps are in the works featuring famed 1970s music icons such as Janis Joplin, James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix, along with popular late-night talk show host Johnny Carson. It is also reported that the most popular stamp ever, featuring Elvis Presley, will be returning next year.
In addition to the stamps featuring Steve Jobs and other celebrities, there will also be many of the traditional stamps released. The ever-popular American flag will reappear, along with all of the American stamp regulars: hearts, flowers, butterflies, wedding cakes, etc. The custom stamps featuring celebrity icons and cartoons are aimed to target a new demographic and to expand the existing number of stamp collectors. The postal service, which has been financially struggling, hopes that this measure will breed a new generation of stamp collectors, and interest people in the hobby of acquiring them for fun.
A subject of much controversy among collectors of stamps, however, may be the rumor of featuring of the late John Lennon on a 2015 stamp. American stamps have only ever featured American icons, and Lennon was British. This would be unlike Steve Jobs and the other celebrity icons that are to be featured on the 2015 (or later) postage stamps, or the ones who have been featured in the past. A 2016 release date has been announced at this point in time for the Lennon stamp, but the postal service has noted that the release dates are subject to change at any time.
There are also said to be several other famous icons that may be prospects for stamps, including President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, and Former President Bill Clinton. In addition, stamps for pop star Michael Jackson, country singer Tammy Wynette, and jazz singer Sarah Vaughn are also said to be in the works. There are also possibilities for stamps featuring Dora the Explorer and sharks, and, in addition, awareness stamps, such as exercising stamps, stop bullying stamps, stroke awareness stamps. A release date has not been set for these specific stamps, but there is a speculated date in mind of 2015 for the Steve Jobs stamp and the other postage stamps with celebrity icons and cartoons that are to be released.
By Laura Clark