Ronald Reagan graces a 'forever' stamp

February 11th, 2011

Politicos who wish that Ronald Reagan could stick around forever will get what they want. The US Postal Service began to honor that wish on Thursday, with a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

The 40th president's image appears on the latest edition of the post office's "forever" stamp. Postal customers can buy it now for 44 cents and it'll cover the cost of first-class mail from here on out.

The stamp depicts the late president, who would have turned 100 this week, at his "Rancho de Cielo" in Santa Barbara.

Although the US Postal Service usually waits at least 10 years after someone has died to place him or her on a stamp, the quasi-governmental agency makes exceptions for American presidents. It's put Ronald Reagan's face on a stamp before - shortly after he died in 2004, and, by popular demand, on a later reissue of the same stamp.