US post office mixes up Statue Liberty stamp

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, April 18, 2011 7:53 EDT
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NEW YORK (AFP) – The US post office had egg on its face Friday 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 US 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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