Vancouver-based collector and dealer Brian Grant Duff is petitioning the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue a commemorative Taylor Swith stamp with a charitable hook.
“As an avid stamp collector and a fervent admirer of Taylor Swift, I am personally invested in the creation of a commemorative stamp to honor America’s global superstar,” Duff writes on the online petition. This is not just about my passion for philately or music, but also about recognizing the cultural impact of an artist who has touched millions with her talent.”
“Issuing a Taylor Swift commemorative stamp would not only be an enduring honor to her contributions but could also boost sales and awareness for the USPS,” the petition continues. “In fact, according to USPS’s annual report in 2019, their commemorative stamps have historically increased revenue by attracting new customers and encouraging existing ones to purchase more.
“Furthermore, incorporating a charitable component into this initiative could amplify its impact. A portion of proceeds from each stamp sold could go towards charities that Taylor supports – thus combining recognition with action.”
In an email, Duff, celebrating 40 years in the stamp and coin business, had a goal of 25 signatures, which was quickly met. The goal has now increased to 50 signatures, which, as of 11:42 a.m. EST Nov. 18, had reached 42.
Duff’s petition has received a reply from the USPS.
“Thank you for reaching out to the United States Postal Service with your idea for a stamp,” writes Public Relations Director Jim McKean. “Each year, The Postal Service receives thousands of suggestions for new stamps. Of those, roughly 25 to 30 topics are selected each year. The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) reviews these suggestions and makes their recommendations to the Postmaster General. The committee, appointed by the Postmaster General, consists of individuals having a background in history, science, technology, art, education, sports and other subjects of public interest. They follow the criteria listed here to determine what ideas submitted are eligible for commemoration on all U.S. stamps and stationery. ”
McKean recommended that Duff submit his idea to CSAC in writing.