Thursday, June 9, 2011

USPS accidentally issues Vegas Statue of Liberty stamp

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How fantastically hyperreal: Turns out the United States Postal Service's brand new Statue of Liberty stamp, seen below, accidentally features an illustration of the Lady Liberty replica at Las Vegas's New York-New York casino as opposed to the real statue in New York Harbor. A philatelist and fan of the NYC statue noticed the error and informed Linn's Stamp News. They investigated and published the above comparative photos, with the replica at top left. From the New York Times:


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“We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway,” said Roy Betts, a spokesman (for the USPS). Mr. Betts did say, however, that the post office regrets the error and is “re-examining our processes to prevent this situation from happening in the future.”

The service selected the image from a photography service, and issued rolls of the stamp bearing the image in December. This month, it issued a sheet of 18 Lady Liberty and flag stamps. Information accompanying the original release of the stamp included a bit of history on the real Statue of Liberty. Las Vegas was never mentioned. The whole mess was exposed by the stamp magazine, which this week ran photographs of both statues.

To the average tourist, there are obvious differences. The Las Vegas statue is half the size of the real Statue of Liberty. And of course, they are in different cities. But it takes a real student of Lady Liberty to notice the contrasts in a stamp-size photo of her head. The hair is different. The replica’s eyes are much more sharply defined. A rectangular patch — a plaque, maybe? — is on the replica’s center spike.

9 comments:

  1. dont really think thats a big deal

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  2. Wow, that is a bit of a screw up, but I think more Americans probably visit Las Vegas now instead of the Statue of Liberty.

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  3. Never would have noticed the patch if you didnt point it out.

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  4. :D Man. That is pretty embarassing. Good find for the guy. I hope he gets a reward.

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  5. Ha ha thats a laugh. I bet someones head rolled for this.

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  6. Oh noes!!!! They should worry about more important shit.

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  7. What a blunder! Still a nice stamp regardless though

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  8. the Texas one looks a bit sleepy/drunk from that angle

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