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People with AIDS on Stamps
February 17, 2012 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Freddie Mercury, Anthony Perkins, Rock Hudson, and other people with AIDS on stamps
posted by incomple (24 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Unfortunate phrasing.
posted by swift at 8:51 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


No Isaac Asimov?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:54 AM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


This is a really great idea.
posted by hermitosis at 9:14 AM on February 17, 2012


Chocolate Pickle: "No Isaac Asimov?"

I had no idea what you were talking about, so I googled it. How did I miss that info before?
posted by brundlefly at 9:15 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had no idea.
posted by Jehan at 9:18 AM on February 17, 2012


The Greg Louganis stamp from Grenada? Asstastic.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:24 AM on February 17, 2012


Just to clarify: Isaac Asimov died of AIDS. In the early 1980's he had open heart surgery, and one of the pints of blood used in the operation was contaminated and he got infected.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:30 AM on February 17, 2012


Wow, there certainly are a lot of counterfeit Freddie Mercury stamps from former-Soviet places. What the hell?
posted by DecemberBoy at 9:30 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had no idea what you were talking about, so I googled it. How did I miss that info before?

Same here. Metafilter really is edifying.
posted by kmz at 9:30 AM on February 17, 2012


I never heard that Anthony Perkins died of AIDS, and upon a quick check of his Wikipedia entry, further discovered that his widow was on American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11.

I'm not sure I'm any better off for the knowledge. The stamps are a nice idea, though.
posted by orange swan at 9:42 AM on February 17, 2012



I suppose it would be impolitic to say: "think twice before you lick them?"

(I know, I know, I'm going to hell)
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 9:43 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't feel bad, Ruthless Bunny. MY first reaction was "technically, aren't these people who used to have AIDS on stamps?"
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:48 AM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


So...why is Frank Sinatra on a stamp with Freddie Mercury, Chad? If they issued a stamp like that in the US I think New Jersey would be a smoking ruin by the following day.
posted by yoink at 10:16 AM on February 17, 2012


The Sierra Leone stamp with the rendering of "Psycho" has Tony Perkins as a small silhouette in the far upper hand corner, so it's really a stretch to say it's a stamp of him. Janet Leigh is the foreground figure.
posted by blucevalo at 10:30 AM on February 17, 2012


...New Jersey would be a smoking ruin...

*bites tongue so, so hard*

posted by Capt. Renault at 10:40 AM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I suppose it would be impolitic to say: "think twice before you lick them?"

Just because you preemptively apologize for an offensive comment does not give you the right to make it. It doesn't even make any sense. One of the most pernicious myths of the 80s and early 90s was that you could be infected through casual contact, including kissing.* This led to shunning of people with AIDS and they were often denied work, schooling, housing, etc.

*Just in case someone is unaware, you cannot catch HIV through saliva.
posted by desjardins at 11:06 AM on February 17, 2012 [9 favorites]


correction: of course you have the RIGHT to make an offensive comment; what I meant to say was "it doesn't make it right"
posted by desjardins at 11:07 AM on February 17, 2012


Wow. Elmo.
posted by sonika at 11:14 AM on February 17, 2012


Richard Hunt did the voice of Elmo very early, but he died before Elmo became a phenomenon. Since 1985, Elmo has been performed by Kevin Clash, who is still going strong.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:20 AM on February 17, 2012


So, my paper-cut joke is right out, then?
posted by IAmBroom at 11:33 AM on February 17, 2012


Can I make a joke about finding my dad's old AIDS victim collection in the attic?
posted by swift at 12:46 PM on February 17, 2012


I had absolutely no idea Anthony Perkins had died of AIDS. Things like that remind me that just because I was alive in the early 90s doesn't mean I was there.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 4:46 PM on February 17, 2012


In case anyone was curious, Anthony Perkins's son Elvis made an album that touches on the deaths of his parents.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:14 PM on February 17, 2012


Ofra Haza?

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posted by Wolof at 6:07 AM on February 18, 2012


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