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April 30, 2005

The Smoking Gun v U.S. Postal Service: Throwdown — The Sequel


Last year the U.S. Postal Service, following in the footsteps of Canada, launched an experiment in conjunction with Stamps.com that let ordinary people order personalized postage stamps, submitting their own pictures or photos of whatever they wanted on their stamps.

The test began last August 10 and lasted two months.

The Smoking Gun submitted pictures of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic (then and still on trial for war crimes), Linda Tripp, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski to Stamps.com.

Surprise: only Oswald was rejected.

Stamps.com dutifully printed out real U.S. postage stamps bearing the likenesses of Milosevic and Tripp (above), as well as Kaczynski.

Round 2 begins on May 17.

This time, though, things are gonna be different.

For one thing, a "watch list" of persons not allowed on stamps has been established.

Wouldn't The Smoking Gun love to publish that?

Bet they will, too.

Wait and see.

Stamps.com has also hired experts and specialists in world culture and history to help screen images.

What do you want to bet some very cool stuff still sneaks through?

I'm reminded of back in the day when I still lived in California, and they started their personalized license plate program.

They had all sorts of prohibitions and stuff.

One day in Westwood I saw a car with a personalized plate that read


For the longest time I couldn't figure it out.

Then one day, it dawned on me.

Soon afterward, I learned it belonged to a urologist on the staff at UCLA Medical Center.


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