Alaska Statehood Stamp Features Iditarod Musher
The United States Postal Service unveiled its new Alaska stamp Saturday as part of the golden anniversary of statehood, and it features a dog musher.
"It happens to be DeeDee (Jonrowe)," said Jeff Schultz, the photographer who took the picture. "Oh sorry, I wasn't supposed to mention that."
That's because the USPS has rules for stamps, and one is that any person other than a president honored with a stamp has to be dead for at least 10 years.
So the Postal Service is being a bit cheeky about describing the stamp.
"Great stamp -- Rainy Pass with an unknown musher!" said Dianne Horbochuk, the USPS district manager for Alaska.
Schultz said, "They don't recognize someone who's living on a postage stamp, so it's not about the person."
Jonrowe wasn't supposed to be a part of the event officially, but was at the ceremony as the well-known "Unknown Musher."
"It's so good for the sport to get recognition, you know?" Jonrowe said, taking it all in with a good sense of humor. "There happens to be this regulation that you can't be alive, and I said,