(Washington Post) 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.”

Benjamin F. Bailar made these comments to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe in a recent letter of resignation from the secretive committee of eminent Americans that decide the faces and images that should go on postage stamps.

Bailar’s resignation has re-exposed a rift within the stamp community over whether the cash-poor Postal Service should pursue commercial subjects to chase new collectors and revenue at the expense of traditional cultural images.

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