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Anglophile
18 Feb 2015
11:20:51am
1. My view is that the rule against depicting a living person on a US stamp has been misinterpreted by many commentators over the years. As stated in a USPS press release in 2011, the former rule required "an individual to have been deceased at least five years before being honored on a stamp." To be honored on a stamp, you must be identifiable. The people in the 2c Trans-Miss are not identifiable as individuals but were depicted to generically represent Westerners. Therefore, the rule was not violated in this case. As stamps evolved in artistry, artists or engravers needed human models, so it was never possible to strictly avoid depicting someone who was then living. If they served as a model, the stamp didn't violate the rule.

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TuskenRaider
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18 Feb 2015
11:39:00am
re: Stamp breaks "rules" - easy for US collectors?

Rules are made to be broken....
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18 Feb 2015
01:23:40pm
re: Stamp breaks "rules" - easy for US collectors?

Before Jan. 1, 2007, a person had to have been dead at least 10 years to be depicted on a US stamp. From 2007 until 2011, the rule was 5 years. After 2011, living persons could be depicted. There have, however, always been exceptions, the most notable being US presidents. Other exceptions were made over the years for other prominent persons: Dag Hammarskjold, Sam Rayburn, Cordell Hull, Walt Disney, Adlai Stevenson, Douglas McArthur, and several others. The only living person of whom I am aware depicted by name was Charles Lindberg in 1927. There have been several instances of inadvertent depictions: Iwo Jima stamp, armed forces stamps, etc.


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18 Feb 2015
07:24:12pm
re: Stamp breaks "rules" - easy for US collectors?

For #2 - didn't they swap the vignette between the 2c and $2. Also, I believe they were supposed to be bicolor, and the souvenir sheet issued 100 years later fixed.

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