Post Office Nixes Personalized Stamps

March 10th, 2004

Folks who wanted their grandkids or pets or even their own smiling likeness on postage stamps are out of luck. The Postal Service said Wednesday it has decided against personalized stamps.

The special stamps, which could include a picture of the buyer's children or dog or company logo, had been recommended by a presidential commission on the postal service's future.

However, a citizen's advisory committee opposed the idea. The committee's 15 members are appointed by the postmaster general to help sift through the thousands of proposals for postage stamps that the post office receives every year.

Virginia Noelke, chairman of the stamp advisory committee, told Postmaster General John Potter in a letter that the risks of personalized stamps seem to be much higher than any possible rewards.

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