Bugs Bunny vs MLK. Who wins at the USPS?

The USPS recently announced a new set of stamps featuring Bugs Bunny. There will be ten stamps featuring the famous cartoon character.

Adding to it a previous stamp featuring Bugs Bunny, and that brings the total of U.S. Bugs Bunny stamps to 11.

A person I follow on Twitter, The Punk Philatelist, brought up an interesting point. While Bugs has been featured on 11 U.S. Postage Stamps, Martin Luther King has been featured on just two stamps issued by the United States.

Interesting tweet from the Punk Philatelist.

Bugs Bunny and …

Batman, Wonder Woman, and a number of other cartoon characters have made it on more postage stamps than Dr. King and some of our other Civil Rights leaders.

Here are a few other folks who have graced U.S. postage stamps:

  • Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America
  • General Stonewall Jackson, Confederate Army General
  • Robert E. Lee, Confederate Army General
  • Stand Waite, Leader of the Cherokee Nation and Confederate Army General
  • Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate Army General

Here’s an interesting one. Phoebe Pember. I had to look her up. She was a nurse serving the Confederate states during the Civil War. Other than serving as a nurse at a rather large hospital near Richmond during the war, a job typically held by men at the time, it escapes me why she should appear on a stamp.

As I scrolled through the list of people featured on US postage stamps, Bugs Bunny not withstanding, the number of times I ran across the word “Confederate” shocked me.

To be fair, far more Civil Rights leaders and advocates, abolitionists, suffragists, and the like, have appeared on stamps. But I suspect if you start counting, more stamps featuring cartoon characters have been issued than civil rights leaders.

My key question

I have no issue with “fun” stamps. Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Sesame Street gang all appear on stamps in my collection. Next time I’m at the post office, I intend to buy the Bugs Bunny set. I think the United States should issue these types of stamps.

Bugs Bunny
What’s up, doc?

However, I have to wonder. Do two stamps adequately tell the story of the impact of someone like Dr. King?

What about Harriet Tubman? Honored as the first Black woman featured on a US postage stamp, and depicted on two stamps, does she deserve more?

I guess my question is, why does Bugs Bunny rate as deserving more stamps?

The 13-cent Harriet Tubman stamp was issued on February 1, 1978. This stamp kicked off the Black Heritage Series. Tubman would appear on another stamp in 1995.

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