In September, we reported that only two honest-to-goodness Houstonians have appeared on a U.S. Postage Stamp. Coincidentally, 2011 saw the commemoration of these first two — Oveta Culp Hobby and Barbara Jordan. In September’s article, we also explained Sam Houston’s residency and two appearances on a stamp. Naturally, Houstorian got to thinking about why are there not more Houstonians celebrated on U.S. Postage.
Since 1847, the U.S. Postal Service has featured prominent Americans (and a few non-Americans) on commemorative stramps. While the U.S. Postal Service has yet to honor a living person, deceased U.S. Presidents are chosen to be on a stamp much faster than non-presidents. Recently, the U.S. Postal Service announced their intention to allow living Americans on stamps (Houstorian is against this proposal).
Below is a list of nationally-prominent, deceased Houstonians (some native, some short-term, some transplants) who might be worth their own stamp. Please vote for your choice. We’ll post the results soon.