U.S. Atomic Bomb Stamp
Region: North America
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Public Art
Artist: United States Postal Service
Confronting Bodies: Government of the Empire of Japan
Dates of Action: 1994
Location: Washington D.C
Description of Artwork: 32 cent United States postage stamp, with illustration of atomic bomb explosion, and caption "Decision to drop atomic bomb saves GI lives"
The Incident: Government of the Empire of Japan protested, alleging that the A-bomb dropping at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not normal acts of war but racially motivated genocide - an obvious crock, since the victorious Allies did not exterminate the vanquished Japanese.
Results of Incident: The United States Government and the United States Postal Service kow-towed to the Japanese and withdrew the planned stamp.
Source: Multiple newspaper accounts. James P. Vichench (NY, NY)