WASHINGTON (AP) _ The post office is looking to Marilyn Monroe and long-running cartoon characters to continue the stamp-collecting success that brought in a quarter- billion dollars last year.

Elvis Presley led the way in a stamp program that raised $30 million more for the financially pressed agency in 1993 than it did a year earlier.

Money from stamp collecting is nearly all profit, since the Postal Service doesn't have to perform any work for stamps collected in albums.

Various poses for the Marilyn Monroe stamp are being considered at the agency, though officials are not expected to repeat the public balloting used to select the Elvis image.

Post office spokeswoman Robin Minard declined to discuss any specific stamps planned for 1995, pointing out that no decisions are official until the agency makes a formal announcement of new stamps in November.

But a stamp honoring the late President Nixon is expected to be part of the 1995 program. Nixon died last April and presidents are traditionally commemorated on stamps the year following their deaths.

While the Postal Service was keeping mum on other planned stamps, The Washington Post said those would include commemoratives for several jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk and stamps featuring cartoon characters Dick Tracy, Popeye and Little Orphan Annie, among others.