Claim: The United States Postal Service’s new “I Have a Dream” stamp honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be discontinued and recalled if not enough postal customers purchase them.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Subject: Dr King’s Stamp
Please pass the word. A new 33-cent stamp is available to celebrate
Let’s purchase this STAMP! It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. The clerks will not market these stamps, unless you ask for them, and they will be recalled if the post office does not make
I was asked to pass this on, I’m asking you to do the same.
Origins: This piece is a variation of the venerable warning that the USPS’s series of
Black Heritage stamps will be discontinued and the remaining stock destroyed if more people didn’t start buying them, and just like that warning, most of the information in this one is erroneous.
The Martin Luther King stamp is not new (it was issued in 1999), nor can it be purchased by itself. It is part of the Postal Service’s Celebrate the Century
program, a series of stamps commemorating notable American people, places, and events from every decade of the 20th century. The “I Have a Dream” stamp is but one of the fifteen stamps marking important events from the 1960s, such as the moon landing, the Vietnam War, and the Woodstock festival.
If you want to purchase these stamps because you like their design, you want to honor
Last updated: 30 November 2007