Dora the Explorer, actor and five-term NRA president Charlton Heston, John Lennon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are among subjects U.S. Postal Service will feature on stamps within the next couple of years.
Although the subjects for future stamps are traditionally kept top-secret, The Washington Post contacted U.S. Postal Service marketing staff and obtained a list of the planned issues.
On deck 2014 are NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, slain gay right activist Harvey Milk, rock singer Janis Joplin and guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Among the highlights planned for 2015 are soul singer James Brown, TV host Johnny Carson and a reissue of Elvis Presley (the previous stamp issued in 1993 became Postal Service's top selling ever).
However, Susan McGowan, the Postal Service's executive director for stamp services and corporate licensing, noticed that the subjects are still "subject to change".
Even if the approved subjects for stamps traditionally include historical, cultural and literary figures of the United States, the Postal Service decided to change the direction a bit to attract young collectors. That is why more controversial stamps are going to appear in the next releases, for instance, a John Lennon stamp will violate the rule saying that only Americans can be depicted on U.S. stamps.
McGowan added that the new emphasis was made on pop-culture, which would hopefully bring new eyeballs to the stamps and would keep the American people engaged.
The American public suggested some of the subjects for future stamps. Thus, Wilt Chamberlain or Harvey Milk were heavy favorites with Americans.
Below you can see a complete list of postage stamp subjects approved by the U.S. Postal Service.