US Postal officials say no to commemorative stamp for Belle\’s centennial

\"\"Postal officials have turned down a request to issue a commemorative stamp in 2014 to honor the Belle of Louisville’s centennial.“It’s a shame not to honor her, because she really represents a whole era of transportation that deserves attention,” said David Karem, president of the Waterfront Development Corp., the caretaker of the steamboat owned by Louisville Metro Government. “Obviously, we are disappointed because she is the oldest true steamboat in the United States, plus she is a National Historic Landmark.”A task force has been planning a series of activities to celebrate the Belle’s centennial; the attempt to get the commemorative stamp was the first effort. The steamboat was launched as the Idlewild on Oct. 18, 1914.

Karem acknowledged that the task force’s effort to get the stamp was a long shot. The Postal Service most years gets about 50,000 requests for commemorative stamps and usually issues only two or three dozen, officials said. The special stamps must be approved by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. postmaster general.(

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