NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New Yorkers may have been gratified in October, 2010 when the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp depicting the serene face of Lady Liberty.
The statue, not so much.
The photo on the stamp, taken by Raimund Luke, doesn’t show the iconic beauty towering in New York’s harbor. Instead, it is a shot of the replica built outside the New York-New York Casino in Las Vegas, the New York Times reported.
The 14-year-old replica is half the size of the 125-year-old original. Its lips are in a bit of a pout. The nose is sloped. The eyebrows are thick. It has a faintly beleaguered expression, as compared to the stern, stalwart expression of the original.
If the one in New York is proudly carrying the torch of freedom in front of the world, the one in Vegas seems to be drunkenly hailing a cab.
Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts said three billion of the First-Class Mail Forever stamps have been printed and it is not being pulled from the market.
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