USPS accidentally issues Vegas Statue of Liberty stamp


39 Responses to “USPS accidentally issues Vegas Statue of Liberty stamp”

  1. Avram / Moderator says:

    The most obvious difference: On the replica, those black spots around the crown are just paint. On the original statue, they’re actual windows.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i think this is more appropriate. the old stature of liberty represents the american dream, upward mobility, freedom, all that obsolete constitutional crap. the vegas one represents reckless fiscal policy, decadence, greed, etc. when u think of it that way, which one is more applicable, really.

  3. Daemon says:

    He probably bought a whole bunch more of them before reporting the error

  4. Anonymous says:

    I heard today that one of the biggest stamp mistakes ever was in 2000 when the post office issued a stamp of the Grand Canyon, with a caption that stated “Colorado.”. That one was recalled and destroyed. This one… Is just funny. Luck, be a lady of liberty tonight!

  5. Muse says:

    Wow. This is a great example of how we stop looking closely at familiar objects because we think we already know what they look like. Here is a more direct comparison image of the Vegas Liberty stamp and real Liberty side by side.

    Aside from the differences already mentioned, from a sculpting perspective, the Vegas statue has a squatter, flattened face with less defined bone structure and shallower eyesocket/brow area. The nose shape is blunter and the details of the upper eyelid and brows are sharper, but at a quick glance, I can understand how all that might not be noticed.

  6. pgt says:

    It’s been claimed that the NYC statue’s face was modeled after Bartholdi’s mother. The Vegas version looks 20 years younger.

  7. arbitraryaardvark says:

    All these undocumented aliens look alike to me.
    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  8. Brainspore says:

    Give me your chips,
    your quarters,
    Your huddled masses yearning to eat free (at our 24 hour buffet!)

  9. standard says:

    Lazy keyword searching on Getty Images, is my guess. Reminds me of the McCain ’08 Walter Reed Middle School mix-up.

  10. jimkirk says:

    “Not intended to be a factual stamp”?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, at least it wasn’t THIS monstrosity they used: Well, at least it wasn’t THIS monstrosity they used:

    • PathogenAntifreeze says:

      Yeah, the Statue of Theocracy has some subtle differences even government employees could spot… Further, every time I drive by that abomination, I wonder, “wouldn’t it make more sense to demand, ‘America return to Great Eagle Spirit’ or some such?”

  12. jphilby says:

    Now that you mention it, the old Lady looks a tad Zombie. U-S-P-S, keepin’ up with the times. Teapot Tempest Scandal ensues.

    Story at Linn’s Stamp mag here:

  13. Anonymous says:

    Boy, either the air in Vegas is much cleaner than NYC, or the clean the surface of the replica regularly.

  14. Anonymous says:

    There’s a stamp magazine?

  15. danrapson says:

    The replica is on the RIGHT. You have it wrong in the article. The one on the left is the real one the one on the right is the Vegas baby!

    be well; peace…dan

  16. pjcamp says:

    At least they didn’t use this one:

    It’s barely bigger than a first grader.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Boy Scouts distributed over 200 replicas of the Statue of Liberty to celebrate their fortieth anniversary in 1950 (that’s one of them that you linked to). Here’s a site that tracks the location of many of them, with pictures.

  17. franko says:

    i don’t get the brouhaha. i didn’t think the stamp was supposed to be a photoreal representation anyway. i thought it was, you know, an artist’s take on it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Damn those boy scouts!

  19. Teller says:

    Art, for the most part, imitates art.

    USA! USA!

  20. Creperie says:

    C’mon, the real difference is that New York has clouds.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Proving once and for all that what happens in Vegas does not, in fact, stay in Vegas.

  22. tomrigid says:

    This is the kind of meta-mistake that makes me bend over and salute my stars-and-stripes boxer shorts.

  23. semiotix says:

    ♪ God shed his grace on theeeee… ♬ *sniff*

  24. Anonymous says:

    Why does this feel like some kind of metaphor?

  25. gillyarcht says:

    somebody at USPS not doing their homework…but kudos to the replica fabricators for fidelity…

  26. Anonymous says:

    They “would have selected this photograph anyway” if they knew it wasn’t the actual statue?


    Plus, the stamp photo looks like she’s about to faint from boredom.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Paging Jean Baudrillard, paging Jean Baudrillard. Your hyper-real postage is ready for pickup.

  28. RSFSmee says:

    The Supreme Court ruled shortly after the millennium that lascivious drawings of children could constitute child pornography. Moral: For images of sufficien emotive power, origin is irrelevent. Consequence: Whether original, nouveau, or even entirely CG, if attractive and moving, any image of Lady Liberty is appropriate.

  29. forget says:

    “Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the ‘good life,’ whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
    — Hunter S. Thompson

  30. Anonymous says:

    The biggest difference between the two statues is that the Vegas one is a single mom with two kids and has a really bad boob job.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Well, for me the giveaway was the observation deck windows in her crown. On the Vegas version, they are obviously just painted on.

  32. ZippySpincycle says:

    Oh my God. I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it was… We finally really did it. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

  33. stevieg says:

    Haha, “Google (Images) Search Term: Lady Of Liberty”… 2, fourth photo. Good to see the USPS staff are efficient

  34. octaviodiaz says:

    I’ll keep that in mind next time I write an e-mail or pay a bill online.

  35. turn_self_off says:

    sounds like one series of stamps that will be worth a fortune some day…

  36. Anonymous says:

    The Vegas version looks a bit like Marlene Dietrich to me!

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