Forever Postage Stamps from USPS
The newest innovation from the United States Postal Service (USPS) is the forever stamp which made its first appearance in 2007. The forever stamps do not have a price or a value on them like the ones shown here for comparison purposes. The 37 cent 'flag' image is from 2003 and the 37 cent price identification is clearly visible on it.
Likewise, the denomination is shown on the 39 cent US flag ones from 2006 and also on the 42 cent versions from 2008. From these stamps it can be clearly seen that the cost of posting a letter is increasing gradually. the new forevers are shown further down the article.
USPS Forever - Lady Liberty
USPS Flag Booklet x 20 pieces
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2012 USPS postage 1st class costs 45 cents
2013 standard price is 46 cents
US postage price may even be dearer by the year’s end.
The answer to all of this is, of course, the forever stamp which retains its value forever. You can hold on to it for years and years before you use it. And when you do post a letter with it, the mailed item will be just as valid as if you had bought the stamp that very same day.
From 2011 onwards, all new first-class mail stamps issued will be branded with the word 'forever' on them. Initially, in 2007, the first of the forevers were issued alongside stamps bearing the cent value (denomination). These new issues will simply display the word FOREVER, sometimes in capital letters, (but not always, as lower case letters are used sometimes too) on them.
See example below of a 2011 forever stamp featuring Owney, the USPS dog. You now can use your USPS forever purchases immediately or store them until needed without worrying about any increased postal rates, and more importantly, not having to go to the post office to buy low denomination stamps to supplement your old existing ones.
Forever benefits US
The traditional Christmas stamps will be forever types from now on and if you don’t use all of them when you purchase them they will be just as good in following years. So, 2013 stamps will work perfectly well as 2014 Christmas stamps or 2015 / 2016 and so on because of the 'forever' branding.
Gone is the need to buy those dreadful bitty one, two and three cent ones that we all needed when a modest price rise occurred. Be sure to stock up with US forever style where possible, especially collectibles like the Lady Bird Johnson forever issue (2012) shown here or my favorite Cash one below. These exciting images add a touch of sparkle to your mail and can brighten up the recipient's mailbox.
Based on the success of the forever methods in the US it does seem likely that the other postage stamp superpowers will follow with eternal or permanent post versions. Most likely to follow the lead of the USPS are Australia Post, Canada Post and the UK’s Royal Mail. This can only be good news for philatelists and stamp set collectors’ world wide.
Ringing the changes forever
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New for 2013
Global stamp issued in 2013
A much earlier edition, featuring the postal service dog called Owney (shown above) was featured by the US postal services and issued in 2011.
Global version issued in 2013
Non US Philatelists will love them
Use them to contact friends and relatives throughout the world anytime. Store them away for a rainy day as their value as international mailing coupons will never diminish.
Miniature Art issued
Others I like in this artistic range are by Georgia O’Keeffe, Aaron Douglas, Marsden Hartley and the pop artist Marcel Duchamp.
The Modern Art in America series covers the art period from 1913 until 1931. Look out for these beauties in your mailbox today.