updated 08:00 pm EST, Thu February 20, 2014
Apple co-founder stamp said to be already under development
The US Postal Service is planning to create a collectible stamp featuring Apple co-founder for former CEO Steve Jobs, reports The Washington Post. The information comes from a list of upcoming stamps uncovered by the newspaper, which also includes a number of cultural icons, including African-American architect Robert Robinson Taylor; entertainer Johnny Carson; movie star Ingrid Bergman, part of a "Legends of Hollywood" series; and music icons Elvis Presley and James Brown, again part of a set of music-related stamps.
The list is said not to be final, and could change "at any time" according to a USPS spokesperson, but the Steve Jobs stamp is aid to be in the "design development stage," which suggests strong interest in the stamp by USPS officials, helping to ensure that it enters production ahead of others that have not yet reached the design stage. The list, which is meant to be secret, comes from the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, which helps decide on appropriate subjects for stamps.
The committee's mission is to convey the "American experience" to a world audience through its choices for postal stamps, stationery and related products. Their recommendations get passed on to the Postmaster General, who issues the final approval. Recommendations for 2015 cover a diverse range of subjects beyond just individuals, including "Distinguished Airmen," "Latino Baseball," "Letter writing," "Social Awareness," a collection devoted to notable science fiction writers, and a stamp honoring the comic strip "Peanuts."
The stamp will be the first time that Jobs will have been honored by the US postal service. A number of countries, including Mozambique, India, Guinea, Israel, Hungary, Palau and Mali issued commemorative stamps featuring Jobs following his tragic death from complications of pancreatic cancer in late 2011.