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Doris Day Commemorative Stamp

It is hard to believe that May 13, 2022, will mark three years since my idol, DORIS DAY, passed away.  The one good thing about this three-year timeline is that now, three years later, Doris is eligible to be considered for a commemorative US stamp. Over the years numerous celebrities, sports figures, scientists, musicians, astronauts, and people in all walks of life have been honored with commemorative stamps. For instance, Rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley was honored in 1993 with the release of a stamp. A youthful likeness of the singer was printed after the public was asked to vote on whether a “younger” or “older” Presley should be used. Younger won! The portrait, which has been printed 500 million times, is the top-selling and most publicized commemorative stamp in all of U.S. history.

On January 3, 2022, I wrote a letter to the US Stamp Development Committee saying, “I was very much impressed with the lengthy list of celebrities in all fields who have been honored by a US stamp!  One suggestion— DORIS DAY— much loved legendary singer/actress and animal activist, should definitely be added to the list of those honored with a commemorative stamp. I, along with millions of fans, would like to recommend you consider issuing a beautiful US stamp featuring DORIS DAY. May 13, 2022, will mark three years since Doris Day passed away, so she fits your criteria.  What can we do to get a DORIS DAY Stamp a reality?”

I’m sure I am not the first to suggest that Doris Day be honored with a commemorative stamp, but after writing to the Post Office suggesting that Doris Day be honored, I received a letter from Shawn P Quinn, Program Manager in Stamp Development.

From United States Postal Service
February 2, 2022
Dear Ms Barothy:

Thank you for your letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, expressing support for the issuance of a commemorative stamp honoring “Doris Day.” I am pleased to inform you that this proposal will be submitted for review and consideration before the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee at their next meeting.  Established in 1957 to review all suggestions and make recommendations to the Postmaster General, we rely on the Committee to produce a balanced stamp program that touches on all aspects of our heritage Committee recommendations are based on national interest, historical perspective, and other criteria that can be viewed at: https://about.usps.com/who/csac/#criteria

Thank you for your continued interest in our stamp program.

Sincerely, Shawn P. Quinn

 

I would like to invite everyone to send a letter (no e-mails) to Shawn P Quinn at the address below:

Shawn P. Quinn, Program Manager
Stamp Development
Attn: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Mary Anne Barothy’s best-selling book Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond can be ordered by clicking back to the website.