For years, the folks who decide who gets to appear on U.S. stamps have had a rule: you gotta be dead to get a stamp. Not just dead, but five years in the ground (before 2007 the rule said 10 years).
But faced with the gargantuan task of increasing revenue as Americans flock to the Internet and private delivery companies, the Postal Service is scrapping the “you gotta be dead” rule and allowing living faces to appear on stamps for the first time.
“This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
The Postal Service is asking people to submit suggestions for the new honor. But we’ve got a few of our own. Check out TakePart’s picks, and then leave your own suggestions in the comments below.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults. It’s a statistic that doesn’t surprise actress Brittany Snow (Hairspray, Harry’s Law), who struggled with severe depression as a teen. “I didn’t think anyone would understand what I was going through,” says Snow, who founded Love is Louder last September to bring people in pain together online. Wearing the organization’s title and slogan on your palm came to her as an afterthought: “Putting it on your hand is a way to say that you want to stand up to the problem and put a stop to it.”