Who should try to dethrone Elvis as king...of stamps?

Elvis_l_1Now that you’ve finally gotten rid of the taste of glue from your holiday-envelope-sealing marathon, allow me to direct you to an interesting bit of philately news: Although Elvis Presley’s commemorative stamp was released back in 1993, no other has been able to top the 124.1 million Elvises that have made their way into folks’ cherished collections, according to a new US Postal Service survey.

I did a little browsing around USPS.com and Wiki, and found lists of people who have been on United States postage stamps. Quel shock and dismay! Elmo isn’t on there — and I would lobby for him — big time — since his stamp would no doubt best Elvis’s, by at least a billion. I’d also suggest giving some love to Nina Simone, Mary Pickford, Maya Angelou, and Charles Bukowski (fitting, considering how long he toiled at the P.O.).

PopWatchers, I now pass the envelope to you–which pop-culture figure, either real or fictitious, deserves a stamp? Quick, before the USPS raises the postage rate again!

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  • meg

    I had bought Andy Warhol stamps some years back and the guy at the post office said “I can’t believe they put THIS guy on a stamp.” I was shocked, so I said, “Yeah, well Elvis died on the toilet, get over it.”

  • Tommy G.

    I used to love mailing in my taxes every year with Richard Nixon postage stamps – hey, I am not a crook either!
    Maybe they need to put Michael Jackson on a series of postage stamps. Just like the Elvis stamp, people can vote on which one they like best – original face Michael, or modified freakish Michael. Your choice.

  • Emily H.

    I want to send my relatives some stamps of the Dark Intergalactic Overlord Xenu… the real pop culture star this year. that, or Lou the do from “The Soup”.

  • Indianafan

    Madonna ofcourse.

  • Ellipsian

    Awww, Indianafan…and here I thought that I was gonna get to be the one to bring Madge into the thread! =)
    Our work here is done.

  • Susan

    umm, you have to be dead to be on a stamp, so no Maya Angelou.

  • Christine Bundy

    I would suggest James Brown, since his death makes him eligible and he was certainly a huge influence on music today.

  • Christine Bundy

    I would suggest James Brown, since his death makes him eligible and he was certainly a huge influence on music today.

  • angela

    How about Yoda or Darth Vader?

  • matt

    I think that anybody who has recently passed away deserves their own stap-for example James Brown.

  • Dominique L.

    THere actually is a Mary Pickford stamp, though its a Canadian one.


  • Tia

    You know we will get the inevitable Harry Potter stamps, and I wager that he will eventually out sell Elvis…
    And where is Jonny Carson???? Shouldn’t he have a stamp by now? And while we’re at it where is Ed Sullivan?
    And how about Carl Sagan, Steve Irwin, Bruce Lee, Liberace, Jonny Cash, and Christopher Reeves?
    Where is Joan Rivers, huh, oh… my bad, she only looks dead. sorry.

  • Michael H.

    Uh, not only do you have to be deceased to be on a stamp, I think you have to have been deceased for at least ten years… so James Brown and Steve Irwin are WAY too recent… Johnny Cash, Johnny Carson, Christopher Reeve, Carl Sagan – none of them have been dead at least ten years…

  • Michael H.

    Hey, I just went to the USPS website to look up information about the stamp selection process. I was wrong about having to be deceased for 10 years – it’s a minimum of FIVE years. The exception to this rule is for US Presidents who are eligible for a commemorative stamp on the first birth anniversary following their death – so we should anticipate Reagan and Ford stamps in the near future.
    Another rule is that the subject must be American so that probably rules out Steve Irwin.
    More info:


  • Deb

    I guess we will be seeing President Ford soon. I would like to see people who are not already dead. But other than Elmo-we could do all the Sesame Street characters-Big Bird, the Grouch, The Count, Sunfalufagus,and Cookie Monster. I mean they did something similar for Jim Henson, right.

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