(WASHINGTON POST) Stamp collectors and history fans will remember the faux pas the U.S. Postal Service committed in late 2010 when it issued a “Forever” stamp depicting the Statue of Liberty and claimed it was the original in New York Harbor.
It was not, it turns out, the statue that has welcomed immigrants from the tip of lower Manhattan for more than a century, but a modern replica in front of a New York City-themed hotel casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The error was discovered by a stamp collector who noticed some distinct differences between the statues.
The Postal Service conceded that it had used the wrong image and said it would “reexamine our processes” to prevent the error from happening again. But a spokesman said the stamp design was so popular that the agency “would have selected this photograph anyway.” He also said postal officials had wanted to issue a Liberty stamp that was distinctive and different from numerous previous versions bearing the image of the statue.
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