From being a target of FBI surveillance to having his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp, Jim Morrison has just run the spectrum from outlaw to legend when the U.S. post office announced a rock ‘n’ roll series of stamps that will include Jim Morrison’s visage.
The U.S. postal service (U.S.P.S.) is trying to attract younger philatelists (stamp collectors). The release date for rock ‘n’ roll series has not been announced yet but just listed as “sometime in the future.” The series will include other rock stars such as Janis Joplin, Roy Orbison, Willie Dixon, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette (?!), “Fats” Waller, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and John Lennon. The announcement of John Lennon being in the series (again, a target of FBI surveillance and on Richard Nixon’s enemy list) is controversial because it violates the practice of U.S. stamps having U.S. subjects on them.
This isn’t the first time Jim Morrison has appeared on a stamp. Some countries create stamps for collectors in order to generate revenue and they create special collectors editions of stamps. In the past Germany has created a Jim Morrison stamp for this reason, as have countries such as Benin, the Congo, and Turkmenistan.
For the philatelists out there a whole slew of stamps will be released in 2014-15 including characters from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts, celebrity chefs (Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse), stamps with the likenesses of Johnny Carson, Wilt Chamberlin, and political figures such as President’s Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and both George Bushes.
Sorry, as of yet the post office hasn't released a picture of the proposed Jim Morrison stamp.
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