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"So You're on a Stamp?!"

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  • Hjalmar Emil Fredrik Söderberg (1869 - 1941)
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  • Kim Philby (KGB spy) (1912 - 1988)
    Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby (1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988) was a high-ranking member of British intelligence who worked as a spy for and later defected to the Soviet Union. A communist,...
  • Maj. General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (Cont. Army) (1745 - 1796)
    Anthony Wayne (January 1, 1745 – December 15, 1796) was a United States Army general and statesman. Wayne adopted a military career at the outset of the American Revolutionary War, where his m...

Portraits on Stamps~Briefmarken~Postzegels~Timbres-poste

  • EN: People that were/are on stamps for various countries
  • FR: Personnalités figurant sur un timbre-poste, (For French stamps See dedicated Project ).
  • DE: Bekannte Leute auf Briefmarken
  • NL: Profielen met een afbeelding op postzegels in diverse landen
  • Musicians on stamps

This subject has fascinated me for years. How do people end up on a stamp? What is the process? Who picks them? Please submit any answers you can find.

1. From the article in the following link, i seems that many countries have a policy of featuring only profiles of notables who have passed on stamps. - New York Times re New Postage Stamps

The United States Postal Service announced this week that it was tossing out its rule that its stamps honor only dead individuals and will be featuring the living as well.

United States

The Complete Collection of Black American Stamps

Canada

Israel

Australia

South Africa

New Zealand

Argentina

EUROPE

the Netherlands ~ Holland ~ Pays-Bas

Deutschland

France

Norway

United Kingdom

Osterreich

v/h Tsjecho-Slowakije

Hongarije

  • Belyegmuzeum ‧ Budapest ‧ Hársfa utca 47 ‧ District 7 ‧ 1074

Vaticaanstad

  • Postzegelmuseum since 2007 ‧

Sweden

Suomi Finland

etc.