The USPS has announced it will begin issuing stamps with living people on them from next year.

Currently, stamp subjects have to have been dead for five years.

The organisation is asking the public to suggest the top five living people who should be on stamps on Facebook and Twitter, as well as by the more conventional method of writing to them at: Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20260-3501.

'This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honour,' said Patrick Donahoe, the American Postmaster General. “These remarkable individuals — through their transformative achievements in their respective fields — have made enduring contributions to the United States of America. Honouring living individuals expands the interest in stamp topics and keeps our program timely, relevant and contemporary.'

The American stamp advisory committee receives about 40,000 suggestions a year.