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Kerby Pfrangle
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US Postage Stamps


I was wondering if anyone knows of a place online that you could submit to the US government images that could be considered for United States postage stamps.

I like to submit some of my photo balls for consideration and just need an email address or information on how to do it.

They would be bright and unique on stamps sold to the public.


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2/4/2006 8:45:58 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hi Kerby;

The last I heard, postage stamps are commisioned works, and almost always by well known artists.
I don't believe there has been a photo placed on a stamp..at least none that I am aware of.


Pete


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2/4/2006 9:04:49 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Pete.

I did not know if they looked at people's designs or not.

I looked online and could not find anything. I just thought it would be a unique idea for the postage stamps.
There so colorful and different.

Thank you so much for your reply.

Kerby


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2/4/2006 10:54:57 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  photos have been used.


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2/4/2006 11:37:22 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Gregory,

Do you know how to submit photo's for consideration of being used on the postage stamps?

Kerby


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2/4/2006 12:29:10 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Done on commission. Not sending in a handful of pictures. Your best bet is to order your own stamps from the companies that make stamps from your own photos.
Or to still find out the process, go find out through the u.s. postal service marketing dept.


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2/4/2006 3:32:37 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Gregory Thank you.

That a good idea.

I will look up the marketing department online.

Thanks for the idea.

I have had personal postage stamps made in the past from a site called Zazzle but they were not of the photo balls.

Kerby


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2/4/2006 6:07:49 PM

 
Pete H
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  Hey Gregory;

I'm sure you right, I've just never seen one. Can you point me in direction where I can see some?
My stamps are usually flags, cars, presidents etc...

Pete


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2/4/2006 8:47:13 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  whether it's a direction or not, James Balog did some.


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2/4/2006 10:43:29 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Kerby,
I found this link which might lead you in the right direction:

http://photo.stamps.com/PhotoStamps/?source=si10682042&OVRAW=stamp&OVKEY=stamp&OVMTC=standard

(I'd stay away from the U.S. Post Office if I were you. They're armed and some of them can be a little squirrelly.) ;)

Bob


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2/5/2006 1:53:02 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Here ya go Kerby: It seems you want to communicate with the Citizens Stamp Acceptance Committee of the U.S. Postal Service. You'll find the scoop and the whole selection process at the following URL.

http://www.usps.com/communications/organization/csac.htm

Take it light...
Mark


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2/5/2006 2:13:04 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Mark this is just what I needed. Thank you very much.

I do not know if they be interested in just a common persons work but you never know until you try.

Other people on the site may be interested in submitting their work and this site give an address where to write for more specific information.

Thank you for your timing in finding this. Kerby


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2/5/2006 2:27:46 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Hi Bob,

I got six different design stamps made for little model for her birthday (she been shot by several photographers and I picked different photographers work with the photographers approvel) and two different ones for my father of his ranch for his birthday.

They were custom postage stamps from this site.

http://www.zazzle.com/ In fact I got a link to it on my site.

The stamps are very large and very beautiful and extremely well made. Plus the service was fast.

But what I was looking for was the site Mark sent for submission of design for consideration for postage stamps to be sold to the public.

Check out the site mark sent.

Thank you for your response.

Kerby


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2/5/2006 2:36:52 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
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....Almost all subjects chosen to appear on U.S. stamps and postal stationery are suggested by the public. Each year, Americans submit proposals to the Postal Service on literally thousands of different topics. Every stamp suggestion is considered, regardless of who makes it or how it is presented.

The Committee's primary goal is to select subjects for recommendation to the Postmaster General that are both interesting and educational. In addition to Postal Service's extensive line of regular stamps, approximately 25 new subjects for commemorative stamps are recommended each year. Stamp selections are made with all postal customers in mind, not just stamp collectors. A good mix of subjects, both interesting and educational, is essential.


...The Postal Service's Stamp Development group handles Committee administrative matters, maintains Committee records and responds to as many as 50,000 inquiries received annually recommending stamp subjects and designs.

The Committee meets four times yearly in Washington, D.C. At the meetings, the members review all proposals that have been received since the previous meeting. No in-person appeals by stamp proponents are permitted. The members also review and provide guidance on artwork and designs for stamp subjects that are scheduled to be issued. The criteria established by this independent group ensure that stamp subjects have stood the test of time, are consistent with public opinion and have broad national interest.

The Stamp Selection Process

Ideas for stamp subjects that meet the CSAC criteria may be addressed to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee; Stamp Development; US Postal Service; 1735 North Lynn St Rm 5013; Arlington VA 22209-6432. Subjects should be submitted at least three years in advance of the proposed date of issue to allow sufficient time for consideration and for design and production, if the subject is approved.

Stamp proposals are to be submitted in writing to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. This allows everyone the same opportunity to suggest a new stamp subject. All proposals are reviewed by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee regardless of how they are submitted, i.e., stamped cards, letters or petitions.

After a proposal is determined not to violate the criteria set by CSAC, research is done on the proposed stamp subject. Each new proposed subject is listed on the CSAC's agenda for its next meeting. The CSAC considers all new proposals and takes one of two actions: it may reject the new proposal or it may set it aside for consideration for future issuance. If set aside for consideration, the subject remains "under consideration" in a file maintained for the Committee.

Professional artists who may wish to be considered for a design assignment should request a copy of the "Creating U.S. Postage Stamps" brochure at the following address:

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
Stamp Development
US Postal Service
1735 North Lynn St Rm 5013
Arlington VA 22209-6432

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Once a subject is approved, the Postal Service relies heavily on design coordinators for the selection of artists who will execute the designs. Stamp designing is an unusual art form requiring exacting skill in portraying a subject within very small dimensions. Due to the demands of stamp design and reproduction requirements, it is our policy not to review or accept unsolicited artwork.

You can find out more at the link I gave you earlier...or send away for the written guidelines but it's gonna cost
ya ....the price of a stamp, of course. LOL !!! And, you're quite welcome Kerby. It's a long process it seems, but someone after all, gets accepted. Why not you??? Good luck buddy.
Mark



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2/5/2006 2:39:21 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
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  Mark

Thank you for all the wonderful information.

You never know until you try something if it will work or not.

I am going to check it out and see what comes of it.

Thanks again for timing into looking up this information for me.

Kerby


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2/5/2006 7:48:13 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  You're quite welcome Kerby. Any time.
Mark


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2/6/2006 12:22:07 PM

 
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