Steve Jobs to appear on a stamp

By on February 24, 2014

The late Apple founder is going to front up snail mail. Ah, the philatelic irony…

American tech nerds may be tearing themselves away from their Macs and heading down to their local post office next year (if they even know where it is). The revered late Apple founder Steve Jobs is due to appear on US stamps in 2015, a deliciously crunchy irony given that his inventions almost certainly hastened the decline of the humble letter.

The design isn’t finalised yet but Jobs will be posted alongside fish, science fiction writers and Elvis Presley, according to a list of future stamp subjects obtained by the Washington Post.

However, the irony may be rather more circular than first meets the eye, according to Keith Heddle, Marketing Director of philatelist Stanley Gibbon.

“The whole of the digital world wouldn’t exist if not for the world’s first communication revolution back on 6th May 1840 when Queen Victoria unleashed the Penny Black upon the world, the world’s first postage stamp and the iPhone of its day,” says Heddle.

Those Apple fans that think a Jobs stamp will go up in value like his company’s shares are, however, liable to be sorely disappointed. “In terms of investment potential, it’s likely to be very small, because it’s a going to be a stamp produced in its millions,” explains Heddle.

Here are five other entrepreneurs who have appeared on stamps:

  1.  Henry Ford – Ford is inexplicably on an Afghan stamp.
  2.  Walt Disney – The Portuguese love a bit of Cinderella.
  3. Guglielmo Marconi – One of the inventors of the radio, Italian entrepreneur Marconi set up a company in the UK that was responsible for sending out the Titanic’s SOS messages. Marconi House, where Marconi’s first message was broadcast, is now luxury flats.
  4. Aristide Merloni – Another Italian industrialist stallion, Merloni’s engineering companies Ariston and Indesit are still alive and well today after their founder’s death in 1970 (although their country’s economy is not so much).
  5. Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Brunel is the big daddy of British bridges. He definitely deserves a stamp.

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