Daily Archives: 09/02/2004

Personalized Stamps

W.A.S.T.E.Hoo, this is a goody. Silent Tristero must be laughing at the possibilities for subversion this offers. The US Postal Service is running a pilot program with Stamps.com that allows customers to create customized stamps with a photo of their choosing as the graphic for about twice the price of regular stamps. The general idea is to put photos of the grandkids or dear old mom on stamps, but this opens the door for unique forms of expression with stamps. How about the Unabomber on the 37¢ stamp? The photos must pass by a censor before they are printed, but that still leaves plenty of room for creative dissonance.

The Rosenberg's adorn a stampThat’s exactly what the Smoking Gun did, and they got the cancelled letter to prove it. Smoking Gun has the whole story of their unique postage, including stamps with the Ethel & Julius Rosenberg, Monica Lewinsky’s infamous dress, Slobodan Milosevic and Ted Kaczynski’s college and high school yearbook photos.