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Who would you like to see on a stamp?

Published 23rd July 2007, 3:51pm

Postal Service stamps celebrate Scouts Post Office seeks founders for new stamp issue.

The Cayman Islands Postal Service (CIPS) is seeking the public's assistance for a new series of stamps called Founders.

Founders' stamps will be a very special series, depicting persons who have made a lasting and significant contribution to the national development of the Cayman Islands. These stamps will be issued every two to three years and will consist of a batch of five or six.

The CIPS is inviting the public to submit nominees for this special stamp issue and will be placing promotional flyers in all post office boxes next week to generate public awareness and support for the project.

The criteria set by the Stamp Advisory Committee are that the persons nominated should have been deceased for at least 10 years and that they made a significant contribution to the national development of these islands.

Persons may be nominated in categories defined as: maritime, architecture, science, environment, health care, politics, sports, arts, education and performance.

Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing, Tara Bush explained that this is the second time that CIPS has asked for public assistance on this issue. "The first time we received 15 nominees and while this was a good start, the committee felt that it would be best to go back to the public for more input."

"Nearly every developed country has a stamp issue depicting national heroes or entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers who were instrumental in shaping their country. It is time that the Cayman Islands have its own set of stamps that feature the people who have helped to develop these islands," Ms. Bush said.

The public is asked to send names and a brief explanation about each submission to Stamp Advisory Committee Chairperson Karen McField at the Seven Mile Post Office or email by Aug 7, 2006.