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Posted 01/23/2019   9:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Perf10 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recall the days before Forever stamps when the local post offices would sell out a week in advance on whatever the first class makeup stamp was, a 2c Wright, or 3c Parkman, for example. The demand would bring out old postal stock, such that during the 70s I recall obtaining some 2c Jeffersons from the Liberty series.

During the '90s when rate changes of 1 cent happened, a post office clerrk told me people would tape a penny on an envelope. The envelopes would get processed anyhow, and the coins would pop off and jam the sorting equipment.
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Posted 01/23/2019   9:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perf10 -

Some of them made it through the mail sorter and were delivered as normal mail. From my postal history collection, here is a 1998 Lincoln Cent on cover cancelled 19 January 1999 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA and delivered to Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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I remember going to the local Post Office to purchase some forevers just after the rate change. I expected to pay the current postage for the sheet. Evidently the POS readers were not yet charging the additional rate change so the clerk was using a sheet of $.02 Navajo Jewelry to make up the difference. Instead of just handing me the forever stamps, I also received the $.02 Navajo Jewelry sheet. (The forever sheet charged the previous rate not the current) I didn't realize this until I got home when I looked at the receipt... The forever stamp sheet was charged at the previous rate, the $.02 Navajo Jewelry sheet was charged the difference, I got both sheets. The forever sheet should have been the only sheet received as those stamps would have carried 1st class mail. Still got the sheet.
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Love that cover, Linns. Not many coins have been cancelled and made invalid to pay postage.
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Posted 02/19/2020   5:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Perf10, here is another rate change cover from my USA postal history collection that you do not see everyday. This is Scott #UO84 stamped envelope entire with a strip of 3 of Scott #O143 (perf 11) one-cent official stamp used when the rate changed to 32 cents in 1995.

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Posted 02/20/2020   10:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great topic.
I never heard about someone using tape and a penny.
Thanks for sharing!
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