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Philately We Go

November 8, 2008

Once upon a time, you had to be dead for at least ten years before you could appear on a United States postage stamp, and while that may still be true today for stamps officially issued by the U.S. Postal Service, there are now sites like and that offer customers the opportunity to put whomever they like on a postage stamp.

Mr. Crumpet and Orange Bear made their very own personalized stamp:


“I had nothing to do with it,” scoffs Orange Bear. “The vanity. It’s sickening.”


For those more interested in old-school postage stamps, Phil the Owl recommends paying a visit to Arago, the award-winning web site produced by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. It’s dedicated to the history of postal service in the United States, as well as the study of stamps and stamp collecting, also known as philately. (No relation to Phil the Owl.)

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