Every now and then someone outside the norm is commemorated on a stamp. While the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service and the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee try to come to a conclusion about putting living individuals on stamps, it's fun to look back on some people that weren't as squeaky clean as the USPS might desire.
It seems after enough years have passed, a certain leftie and known pal of Communists had become clean enough for stamp honors. Woody Guthrie, the working man's folksinger, "Dust Bowl Troubadour," and famously, author of This Land Is Your Land might have called it hypocrisy if he'd still been around. But he also would have gotten a kick out of it.
It was Arlo Guthrie, a folksinger himself, who got in the last word on his dad's fifteen minutes of philatelic fame. "For a man who fought all his life against being respectable," he said, "this comes as a stunning defeat."
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