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Did you hear about the Statue of Liberty stamp? What should be done?

Asked by filmfann (40193 points ) April 16th, 2011

When the United States Postal Service screws up, they don’t mess around.
A new stamp of the Statue of Liberty has been found NOT to be Our Lady in the Harbour, but of Our Lady of the Las Vegas Strip.
Yep, they somehow used a picture of the Statue of Liberty that stands outside the New York, New York casino.
A spokesman for the USPS says they are happy with the stamp, and there are no plans to recall it, or cancel it, as it were.
One amusing columnist wrote: According to the U.S. Postal Service’s original press release for the stamp that was issued in December, the photograph used for the stamp was supposed to be that of the iconic figure who has been welcoming the tired, poor and huddled masses in New York Harbor for 125 years.
But now the USPS is admitting that the photo used for the recent Forever stamp is a replica who also welcomes the tired, poor and huddled masses, but of a different sort: Las Vegas gamblers and tourists.

It’s all in a news article here and here
Should this stamp be pulled back, and the correct image be on the stamp?
Does it matter that this isn’t the New York statue?
What other images of Liberty should be considered? I have always been a fan of the Thomas Nast depictions of Liberty and Columbia.

Images of the New York and Las Vegas Lady Liberty

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TexasDude's avatar

Would anyone have been able to tell the difference if nobody mentioned it anyway?

seazen_'s avatar

I think it will just go the way of other errors in stamps. A future trivia question, if you will.

Sadly, who uses postage stamps anymore? I do like the idea that it says US first class “forever” which I take to mean that regardless of how much a fist class stamp costs, or postage costs fluctuate in the future, the stamp will always be good.

Here are some more errors in postage stamps from around the world.

thorninmud's avatar

Seems only fitting. The one on the Vegas strip was made in the good ol’ US of A. The one in NY is an import.

filmfann's avatar

Too late to edit the question: This is the correct link for photos of Vegas and New York figures.

zenvelo's avatar

I think the USPS should stop selling the stamp. There would be no real loss, other than the printing costs. It isn’t a rarity, just a bad design.

BarnacleBill's avatar

I would think that The New Colossus hold true for both immigrants coming to a new land, and those who hit the slots and craps tables, hoping to strike it rich.

Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearing to be free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shores,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tosted to me.

zenvelo's avatar

@BarnacleBill Maybe the poem could be posted on the door of Pawn Stars….

tinyfaery's avatar

Who gives a shit? Must be a slow news day.

pshizzle's avatar

Either way, it still is a Lady Liberty.

filmfann's avatar

@BarnacleBill as a sub-question, maybe I should ask if there is more wretched refuse in New York or in Las Vegas.

marinelife's avatar

The PO now says that they meant to copy the Las Vegas statue and not the original! How dumb is that?

Of course, they should recall it and honor the original!

deni's avatar

I’m not seeing how this is a big deal at all. Actually I don’t even see how it’s a deal. It’s…..a stamp.

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