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Postal Service gets stamp-image heat

Collector takes issue with shift away from cultural icons in hunt for profits

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 3:58 a.m.

The stamp shown here honoring singer Janis Joplin was unveiled Friday in San Francisco. A line of Harry Potter stamps prompted angry letters from the Postal Service’s Citizens’ Advisory Stamp Committee to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

A former postmaster general and prominent stamp collector is accusing the U.S. Postal Service of "prostituting" its stamp program, sacrificing cultural icons for pop culture in a wrongheaded search for "illusory profits."

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