USPS Photoshopped Cigarette Out of New Bette Davis Postage Stamp

An e-mail is reportedly circulating from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to various Hollywood talent criticizing the U.S. Post Office for a stamp issued on September 18th. The stamp which features Bette Davis is conspicuously missing a cigarette, which means someone at the USPS thought it was alright to censor the historical image.

The contents of the e-mail are as follows, with names of the sender and receiving parties removed:

From: "XXX" []
To: []
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:23:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Postal censorship

Have you seen the new Bette Davis postage stamp? It's a photo from ALL ABOUT EVE, and after staring at it for a while I realized there was something wrong. She has a gloved hand raised beneath her chin in a very awkward pose. They removed a cigarette from her fingers! Censorship from our Uncle Sam. Didn't they think anyone would notice? Film historians should revolt!