Harry Potter, Elvis and Bugs Bunny share one thing in common: Traditional stamp collectors are no fans.
Some philatelists say the committee that helps the postmaster general pick new stamps is favoring pop celebrities and fictional characters over cultural sites and historical figures, undermining a long tradition.
"Harry Potter is a perfect example," Ken Martin, executive director of the American Philatelic Society, a nonprofit stamp-collecting foundation that claims 44,000 members. He, at least, doesn't approve of the fictional boy wizard created by the British J.K. Rowling.
"Why do you honor a British author's book?" Martin asked. "Wouldn't it...