Monday, June 25, 2007

You Couldn't Make It Up No.14

In 1994 the US Post Office issued a stamp commemorating Robert Johnson. In the spirit of political correctness they airbrushed out the cigarette that he was smoking.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

For some reason these pictures are not coming through.

Richard Havers said...

It's fine on mine! I can't explain....as Roger Daltry once sang

Richard Havers said...

I still can't explain but I think I fixed it!

r morris said...

I think Robert looks better without the butt hanging out of his mouth. Come to think of it, I can't recall any US postage stamps showing someone smoking or drinking. I wonder if there are?

ian russell said...

is it cos i is black? could be what's happened is white middle class perception that big ciggy in a black youth's mouth obviously means he's on drugs.

r morris said...

I don't think so, Ian. I think it's a government anti-smoking thing.

The Writer said...

And it wasn't smoking that killed him.

Richard Havers said...

But what did? There's still speculation

The Writer said...

Speculation there may be - but the fags were definitely ruled out, if ever ruled in.