US Postal Service Uses Photo of Wrong Statue of Liberty on Stamp

The United States Postal Service admitted last week that the Statue of Liberty photo found on 3 billion newly printed stamps was in fact an image of the half-size replica (shown on left above) found in front of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas rather than the original in NYC. The original photo was shot by photographer Raimund Linke and was found through Getty Images.

Here’s the stamp that was issued:

While the USPS “regrets the error”, there’s not much they can do about it now — if they had discovered the error early on in the printing process it could have turned into a collectors item, but with three billion copies floating around it’s simply one of the year’s biggest photo fails.

Statue of Liberty (via Boing Boing)

Update: Here’s the original photograph on Getty Images on a page that states that it’s the Las Vegas replica. (thx @JohnMilleker!)

Image credits: Top photographs by Jay Bigalke of Linn’s Stamp News

  • Garrett Wood

    3 billion stamps and the poor photog probably didn’t get enough money off the image to buy a stamp…..

  • br

    I’m gonna file this under “who cares”

  • Almond

    Good lord- the replica’s a fatty :P

  • imitation is flattery

    I thought the original used for the version in New York is in Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg