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"So You're on a Stamp?!"

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  • Ralph Bunche (c.1903 - 1971)
    Ralph Johnson Bunche (/bʌntʃ/; August 7, 1903 (disputed) or 1904 – December 9, 1971) was an American political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace...
  • Jack Johnson (1878 - 1946)
    John Arthur "Jack" Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant was an American boxer, who—at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African A...
  • Charles E. Bohlen (1904 - 1974)
    Charles Eustis “Chip” Bohlen (August 30, 1904 – January 1, 1974) was a United States diplomat from 1929 to 1969 and Soviet expert, serving in Moscow before and during World War I...
  • Theodore von Kármán (1881 - 1963)
    Theodore von Kármán (Hungarian: Szőllőskislaki Kármán Tódor; May 11, 1881 – May 6, 1963) was a Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engi...
  • Lion Jacob Arje Feuchtwanger (1884 - 1958)
    Lion Feuchtwanger (7 July 1884 – 21 December 1958) was a German-Jewish novelist and playwright. A prominent figure in the literary world of Weimar Germany, he influenced contemporaries including...

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

See "Francophones sur timbres canadiens" project.

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.