U.S. post office mixes up Statue of Liberty stamp
Agency says it still loves the wrong image and would've used it even if officials had known about the mix-up.
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 05:46 PM
The U.S. post office had egg on its face late last week after realizing that a stamp showing the Statue of Liberty in close up was not taken in New York's harbor, but Las Vegas.
The mix-up in the 44 cent stamp meant that envelopes are in fact adorned with a replica of the famed statue in the kitschy Nevada gambling capital rather than the weathered and revered original in the Big Apple.
A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service defiantly said that the picture was still a winner.
"We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway," spokesman Roy Betts said in a statement.
The post office said it "regrets the error" and was would work "to prevent this situation from happening in the future."
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