U.S. Postal Service Serves Up Celebrity Chef Stamps

09/04/2014 at 10:45 AM ET

Celebrity Chef Stamps
© 2014 U.S. Postal Service

Snap these up for your snail mail — because soon they’ll be escar-gone!

The U.S. Postal Service has released a packet of stamps featuring celebrity chefs, for all of your mailing needs. Five chefs who have “revolutionized our understanding of food,” according to the Postal Service, are celebrated on the stamps, which are available for purchase on Sept. 26 but ready for pre-order ($9.80 for a sheet of 20) now.

James Beard’s smiling face and signature bow tie are featured on one of the stamps — created by Jason Seiler and designed by Greg Breeding — and according to Linn.com, Joyce Chen, Julia Child, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi are gracing the others (and their pictures will be revealed on social media in the coming weeks).

Celebrity Chef Stamps
© 2014 U.S. Postal Service

The USPS says the chef’s images are digital illustrations, meant to look like oil paintings. And, “the selvage design is intended to represent a white china plate resting on a fine linen tablecloth,” reads a description.

We’d be happy getting bills emblazoned with any of these any day!

—Amy Jamieson

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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That’s awesome

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