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    Default USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    I like retro stamps. The new 50-cent stamp issued 1 May 2018 looks like this:



    I'll be using two of them plus 15-cents in vintage stamps for my international mail.

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    I like it. I can't wait to see it in action. Maybe I might buy some while I'm there and put them to good use.

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    I'd better get myself over to the Post Office, these are great for what I'd guess is a 100 Year sort of issue.
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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Why do you (or somebody else, like me) know that this is a 50 Cent stamp?
    I canít see a number on it....

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Why do you (or somebody else, like me) know that this is a 50 Cent stamp?
    I canít see a number on it....
    The USPS domestic 1st class Forever stamp doesn't have the value on there. They are always Forever stamps. So are their International Forever stamps.

    British Royal Mail 1st and 2nd class stamps don't have values on there either. Nor do E stamps for Europe or Worldwide postage.

    It means that you can always use them for that postage type regardless of how much the price goes up. Forever. They are by far the best types of stamps to buy.
    Last edited by Chrissy; May 19th, 2018 at 03:54 PM.

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Thanks for the tip, Fred. Gotta get some of those! (But . . . if the plane were inverted, it would be even better!)

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smiths...une-180969090/

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Why do you (or somebody else, like me) know that this is a 50 Cent stamp?
    I canít see a number on it....
    Under postal union treaty, many nations are issuing stamps with no indicated denomination. Those stamps are instead issued for a particular use, and therefore good for that use even after postal rates increase. For example, in the USA, a domestic first class "Forever" stamp costs 50 cents, and simply have forever printed on the face. The stamp can be used any time in the future for domestic first class without having to buy additional postage, even if there were rate increases. Similar stamps are available for postcards and international first class, among others. Unfortunately, in the USA this has lead to fewer stamp varieties.

    Also see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-denominated_postage
    Last edited by FredRydr; May 19th, 2018 at 05:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Thanks for the tip, Fred. Gotta get some of those! (But . . . if the plane were inverted, it would be even better!)
    These $2 reissues are still around in smaller post offices: https://about.usps.com/news/national...3/pr13_079.htm

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Semi-related: if you mail a letter with a 1st-class stamp in an envelope marked "Air Mail", does it matter? Is there even an Air Mail postage anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Semi-related: if you mail a letter with a 1st-class stamp in an envelope marked "Air Mail", does it matter? Is there even an Air Mail postage anymore?
    No and no. The post office decides how a 50-cent domestic first-class letter gets from A to B, and it's usually pretty quick.

    On the other hand, if some Geek had a pile of vintage airmail envelopes to use, he'd use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Why do you (or somebody else, like me) know that this is a 50 Cent stamp?
    I canít see a number on it....
    When you go to a post office or online to buy the stamp, you'll see the price there.
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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Thanks for the explanation, this concept was new to me, neither Austria nor Germany have it.

    Seems to be really good for the customer and not so good for the postal service company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    ...Seems to be really good for the customer and not so good for the postal service company.
    The postal service company is relieved of destroying old stamps and printing new stamps for each rate increase.

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Scratch 'n' sniff anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Scratch 'n' sniff anyone?
    HM wouldn't like that.

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    Default Re: USA postage - new retro stamp (domestic first class "forever")

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Scratch 'n' sniff anyone?
    I've pre-ordered the Scratch and Sniff stamps. I had to have them.
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