The US Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee uses 12 criteria for selection of subjects for postage stamps. (Link to official page)

Following are the 12 major criteria now guiding subject selection: 

1. It is a general policy that U.S. postage stamps and stationery primarily will feature American or American-related subjects.

Response: Liberace is a true American icon.

2. No living person shall be honored by portrayal on U.S. postage.

Response: Liberace passed away February 4, 1987

3. Commemorative stamps or postal stationery items honoring individuals usually will be issued on, or in conjunction with significant anniversaries of their birth, but no postal item will be issued sooner than five years after the individual’s death. The Committee will not accept or consider proposals for a subject until at least two years after his/her death. The only exception to the five-year rule is the issuance of stamps honoring deceased U.S. presidents. They may be honored with a memorial stamp on the first birth anniversary following death.

Response: Liberace passed away February 4, 1987

4. Events of historical significance shall be considered for commemoration only on anniversaries in multiples of 50 years.

Response: Liberace was an individual – yet he did have historic performances in excess of 50 years ago.

5. Only events, persons, and themes of widespread national appeal and significance will be considered for commemoration. Further, it is an important goal of the stamp program to assure inclusion of the Nation’s diverse population especially women and minorities in choosing stamp subjects. In furtherance of this goal it is important to identify as possible subjects persons who have overcome great challenges or active discrimination to enter a field or accomplish an aim and thus created opportunities thereafter for others similarly situated. Events, persons or themes of local or regional significance may be recognized by a philatelic or special postal cancellation, which may be arranged through the local postmaster.

Response: Liberace was a true American talent, a philanthropist, and a Gay American who overcame harsh cruelty at the hands of tabloids throughout the course of his career. Liberace lived his life in dignity while transforming entertainment for generations to follow.


6. Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor fraternal, political, sectarian, or service/charitable organizations. Stamps or stationery shall not be issued to promote or advertise commercial enterprises or products. Commercial products or enterprises might be used to illustrate more general concepts related to American culture.

Response: Liberace does not fit into these categories


7. Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor individual federal agencies, cities, towns, municipalities, counties, primary or secondary schools, hospitals, libraries, or similar institutions. Due to the limitations placed on annual postal programs and the vast number of such locales, organizations and institutions in existence, it would be difficult to single out any one for commemoration.

Response: Liberace does not fit into these categories

8. Requests for observance of statehood anniversaries will be considered for commemorative postage stamps only at intervals of 50 years from the date of the state’s first entry into the Union. Requests for observance of other state-related or regional anniversaries will be considered only as subjects for postal stationery, and again only at intervals of 50 years from the date of the event.

Response: Liberace does not fit into these categories

9. Stamps or stationery items shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs.

Response: Liberace is not a religious figure

10. Semipostal stamps are designed to raise funds for causes determined to be in the national public interest and appropriate. Semipostal stamps are sold for a price above their postage value. The differential between the sales price and the postage value of semipostal stamps consists of an amount (less a deduction for the Postal Service’s reasonable costs) to be given to other executive agencies in furtherance of specified causes. The Postal Service issues semipostals in accordance with the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act and the Semipostal Authorization Act.

Response: Liberace does not fit into these categories


11. Requests for commemoration of universities and other institutions of higher education shall be considered only for stamped cards and only in connection with the 200th anniversaries of their founding.

Response: Liberace does not fit into these categories

12. No stamp shall be considered for issuance if one treating the same subject has been issued in the past 50 years. The only exceptions to this rule are traditional themes such as national symbols and holidays.

Response: Liberace does not yet have a stamp issued in memory of his contribution to arts in our nation.

Liberace meets all of the requirements as laid out in the official US Postal Service regulation above.

Now that you know he meets the the standards contact USPS today and tell them to put Lee on a stamp! Click here for instructions!

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