Happy Birthday Steve – lick this!

Madeleine Swain
24 February, 2014
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Today (24 February 2014) Steve Jobs would have been 59. The co-founder, chairman, CEO and all-round visionary of Apple Inc was born in 1955, and died from pancreatic cancer at his Palo Alto, California home nearly two-and-a-half years ago, on 5 October 2011.

And either totally coincidentally, or as a touching little (would have been) birthday present, the US Postal Service has announced that a stamp bearing his image has been approved for production. The stamp is due to be released in 2015 and currently is still being designed.

Before anyone gets too excited though, it should perhaps be noted that he’s not alone in the line-up of forthcoming ‘stamp stars’. The Washington Post has revealed a gallery of other honourees.

Alongside ground-breakers like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Harvey Milk lining up to have their images immortalised by the mail, there’s also Charlton Heston (presumably being honoured for clinging on to his favourite firearm until the moment it was taken from his “cold dead hands”), Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dora the Explorer and ‘hot rod cars’.

So, not quite so special as all that then.

Financial restraints have meant that the US Postal Service has broadened its traditional range of historical, cultural and literary figures for the stamp images – trying to increase revenue by featuring more popular subjects and trying to encourage younger philatelists to get involved in collecting. This is also explains the inclusion of Lennon, which violates the rule that only Americans can be used.

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