The Simpsons Get ‘Stamping Ovation’ to Tune of 1 Billion Stamps
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The Postal Service is reminding the world to visit www.usps.com/simpsons to vote early and often for their favorite Simpsons stamp. Results of the ballot stuffing that ends
We’re looking to encourage a younger generation to develop an interest in stamp collecting by creating stamps they can relate to,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President Ground Shipping James P. Cochrane. “The Postal Service commemorates Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie as The Simpsons is are currently in its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series in 2009, making it the longest-running comedy in the history of American prime-time television.”
The show is a critical and popular favorite and has won multiple Emmy awards, a Peabody Award and numerous other accolades.
“It’s an incredible honor to be on a U.S. postage stamp,” said
Joining Cochrane and Groening in dedicating the stamps were The Simpsons Executive Producer,
“It’s only supposed to be dead people on stamps,” said
The Simpsons Beat the Odds
The U.S. Postal Service receives approximately 50,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 topics make the cut. The Simpsons is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in prime-time production. Sesame Street and Monday Night Football were in production when they were honored on stamps as part of the Celebrate the Century: 1970s series issued in 1999. Seinfeld aired throughout the 1990s. The Seinfeld stamp was issued in 2000 as part of the Celebrate the Century: 1990s series.
Other stamps commemorating TV shows that were not in production as part of the 1999 Celebrate the Century series included: I
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes, to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
The Simpsons Stamps 7001 South Central, Rm. 338 Los Angeles, CA 90052-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by
How to Order First-Day Covers
Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
Information Fulfillment Dept. 6270 U.S. Postal Service P.O. Box 219014 Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Order Philatelic Products at www/usps.com/Simpsons
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The U.S. Postal Service recognizes The Simpsons, entering its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series in 2009, making it the longest-running comedy in the history of American prime-time television. The show is a critical and popular favorite and has won multiple Emmy statuettes, a Peabody Award, and numerous other accolades.
The Postal Service’s art director for this project,
The Simpsons has become a cultural institution enjoyed by fans worldwide; many observers cite it as the best show on television. It is intelligently written, delightfully witty, and attracts numerous guest stars, including
The Simpson family resides in the town of
The talented actors who give voice to The Simpsons and other
Groening named the Simpsons after his own family: parents Marge and Homer, sisters Lisa and Maggie, and his alter ego, Bart, whose name is an anagram of brat. Groening suggested the cartoon version of his family when writer-producer
The shocking colors — the blue of Marge’s hair, for example, and the yellow skin — were intended at first to offset the simple design of the characters. By now, however, the vivid color palette has become part of the show’s multifaceted appeal. Other factors contributing to its success include sophisticated writing combined with irreverent slapstick and subversive humor. The show combines jokes for the thinking viewer with straightforward physical comedy, serving up something for everyone. “It’s written for an adult audience and children are invited,” according to Brooks.
The emotional bond shared by the characters is central to the show’s magic. Homer, a slave to appetite and whim, is the nominal head of the household, but the more levelheaded Marge seems to be the one really in charge. Their son Bart is an underachiever and proud of it. He is mischievous and impudent; there are few things he likes better than making prank phone calls to Moe’s Tavern. When Bart first appeared, he was viewed with alarm as a countercultural insurgent; today, he is generally regarded with less worry and more affection. Lisa, the intellectual in the family, is sometimes isolated by virtue of her high-mindedness; baby sister Maggie hardly speaks, preferring to simply suck on her pacifier.
Bart’s signature phrases — such as “Don’t have a cow, man!” — have entered the lexicon, along with Homer’s exclamation “D’oh!” (The latter, typically indicated in the script by the words “annoyed grunt,” has even entered dictionaries.) College courses, including “The Simpsons and Philosophy” at the
The Simpsons is a path-breaking cartoon that has created new opportunities for animated comedy, influencing edgy programs such as South Park and Family Guy. One of the creators of South Park,
The series has been praised by religious leaders such as
Americans from more than a dozen towns called
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