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15 Minutes, 37 Cents

My most recent trip to the Post Office was yesterday, and I saw a small display case with stamps of Andy Warhol. Of course, there is a law saying that no one living can appear on a US Postage stamp, but if Andy could have seen these stamps I'm quite sure he would have been amused.

Just the fact that there are stamps with Andy's head on 'em that DON'T have tabs of acid on the back makes these collector's items! Excellent planning for them!

I guess it's time to get around to 1960s icons for mailing purposes. Anyone for Malcolm X? Timothy Leary? That Beach Boy that drowned in the pool? Nixon? Actually, wasn't Tricky Dick already on a stamp? You won't have Nixon to lick around any more.

There was also talk, some years ago, of having stamps with advertisements on them. Like a "Scope" mouthwash stamp, with a bottle logo on the front, and backing gum flavored to match the product! It almost makes you sorry they went to a pressure-sensitive glue, doesn't it? The things you think of while you wait.

The stamp ad concept isn't so horrible, if you think about it. Obviously, certain products are natural for this: Hallmark and American Greetings would surely be popular choices. Starbucks coffee bean flavored stamps. But could you mail a Venti package with it?

Anything to keep the costs down and the government from making things more costly, I say. This considers everything from how to raise revenue to who's working there!

The people at my post office are pretty friendly, and generally understanding and helpful. I'm sure that's because they like their jobs. But, it only takes one disgruntled worker to spoil the whole thing. Being happy in your career is so, so important!

The Post Office is sort of wild. It's like the last vestige of the Old West... people lining up, bellying up to the counter, purchasing little squares of paper to stick on their envelopes and turning those over to the pony express riders to deliver! Eee, doggies.

Will the package get there, and get there on time? Will the payroll come through? You never really know without that FedEx tracking #.

But with an overnight service, you don't get the pleasure of Andy Warhol, staring blankly at you from the upper right corner.

I wonder if my $4 Space Shuttle stamp is worth more or less, now that the program seems to have been scrubbed? I guess eBay knows for sure!

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lizerk
Oct. 23rd, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
"Just the fact that there are stamps with Andy's head on 'em that DON'T have tabs of acid on the back makes these collector's items!"

Ha!

That was a brilliant post! Typically when I'm at the post office, I don't get to ponder the stamp offerings... I have to watch for old ladies and old men who try to cut the line, not to mention watching said old ladies/men arguing with the miserable postal workers.
penpusher
Oct. 23rd, 2003 05:21 pm (UTC)
FDR Station is one of the larger Post Offices in town. Everyone there is pretty cool, and they seem to stay open later than just about all of them, aside from the Main Branch at 33rd Street. There's no real way to cut the line there, since they have the "theme park ride" configuration.

I guess I was a bit surprised that there wasn't more to do about the Andy stamp. Or, maybe there was and I didn't hear about it!
annamaryse
Oct. 23rd, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
that is one of your best lj posts ever. I am adding this to my list of memories :D
beholdalady
Oct. 23rd, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC)
heehee, this post rules. there's already been a malcolm x stamp, by the way, five or so years ago. xo!
penpusher
Oct. 23rd, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I forgot about that. I guess everyone will be on a stamp for 15 minutes.
beholdalady
Oct. 24th, 2003 04:12 am (UTC)
aaand the warhol reference comes around full circle! ;)
melkbell
Oct. 23rd, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
I loved that post Dean!

EEE doggie.
indigojo
Oct. 28th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC)
at my post office...
there is one person working most of the time...the mail truck drives through all these small towns once a day on days that the mail is running and the post office is open at about 3:30 in the afternoon...i have a box at the post office.. there's no at home delivery here...there are boxes that fill 2 walls of a room that's about the size of a very small bedroom...it's a rarity for me to have to wait at the counter when i walk into the lobby office for something.

i just thought you might find the difference in our postal experiences interesting.. :) good day to you dj.. :)
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