Postal Service unveils Simpsons postage stamps

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The U.S. Postal Service today released the portraits of characters from The Simpsons, Fox's long-running animated series, which will begin appearing on U.S. postage stamps on May 7.

The Postal Service receives about 50,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 topics are selected for postage. The Simpsons is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in prime-time production.

Anyone can vote for their favorite Simpsons stamp, and customers can pre-order the stamps online. Voting concludes May 14. Results will be announced shortly thereafter.

Adult visitors to the official Web site can also take part in a Matt Groening Signed Poster Sweepstakes. Twenty-five winners will receive limited-edition Simpsons posters signed by creator and executive producer Matt Groening. Winners will be notified the week of May 18.

The Simpsons, currently in its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series, is the longest-running comedy in television history. "We are excited to celebrate The Simpsons on postage stamps," U.S. Postal Service executive director of stamp services David Failor said in a statement. "Eyebrow-raising to say the least, this witty, well-written pop icon continues to irreverently satire its parody of a middle-class family as it lampoons American culture. The Simpsons stamps, which [include] known philatelist Bart Simpson, will serve as a great opportunity to interest youngsters into stamp collecting."