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In pictures: The Simpsons' stamp of approval

The Simpsons stamps set

America's given The Simpsons a real stamp of approval to mark its 20th series - putting each of the famous family on their own 44 cent (31p) stamp.

Bart Simpson stamp

It's the first time a television series has been featured on American stamps while the programme's still being shown on primetime TV.

Actors Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith, who provide the voices for Bart and Lisa, with the stamps

Actress Yeardley Smith, who's the voice of Lisa in the show, said: "If this isn't the measure of iconic status in our culture, then I don't know what is."

Simpsons creator Matt Groening signing a Maggie Simpson stamp

The artwork for the stamps has been designed by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, even though he reckons he can't draw the characters well enough any more.

The Simpsons stamps

"Look, they're not right, but they've got personality," said creator Matt Groening. "And that's been the story of my life." They look pretty good to us Matt!