Washington, D.C. – To honor the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing commemorative stamps featuring vibrant psychedelic artwork.
But that’s not all.
Each stamp’s adhesive backing contains a small amount of LSD, or, as it’s called by its full name, lysergic acid diethylamide. Known as a hallucinogen and sensory enhancing drug, LSD played a major part in the 1960’s zeitgeist.
In fact, it could be held wholly responsible for the 60s, period.
“We felt we wanted to give the younger generation a sense of the decade that brought The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, and of course, Woodstock itself,” said Hugh Romney, interim U.S. Postmaster General. “It’s a way to bring the country together in peace, love, and raised consciousness during these totally uncool times.”
“But don’t lick the brown stamps,” warned the Postmaster General, “we think a bad batch got on those.”
The stamps will feature the types of images you might see while on an actual acid trip. Also in each set are a collectible Woodstock poster and a psychedelic rendering of “Furthur,” the bus which carried Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters cross-country and back.
Unfortunately, the interim Postmaster General’s vision of reaching out to the younger generations will most likely not come to pass. When surveyed, 93% of people between the ages of 15 and 39 had neither mailed a letter or bill, nor ever licked a stamp in their lives. Pre-orders are selling briskly in the 60 – 75 year cohort however.
Sets are limited to three sheets per customer. Street value has not yet been set at time of this article’s publication.