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Criteria For New Postage Stamp Issues - What Would Your Thoughts Be?

 
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Posted 11/26/2020   10:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hoosierboy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Morning all,

1. The stamp must serve a valid postal need.
2. The stamp must be widely available at all post offices.
3. The stamp cannot show a living person but can honor
an ongoing organization or cause.
4. The stamp should recognize a significant (25th, 50th, 100th,
etc.) anniversary of a historic event or founding.
5. Deliberately producing imperforates, inverts, or other
variations of a stamp is prohibited.

Should there be a limit on the number of new stamp issued each year?




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Posted 11/26/2020   11:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Oracle of Delphi to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
W/r to the last question, as background for answering, would anyone know where one can find total amounts issued and then actually sold for each stamp issue in a particular recent year?
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Posted 11/26/2020   11:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Perf10 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those sound good. I would add

No stamp shall be issued bearing a topic largely the same as one issued within the past five years.

No minimum quantity purchase requirement shall apply at post offices for any stamp priced at or above the then current first class rate.

The total cost to purchase a single copy of each design and format of all stamps issued within a calendar year shall not exceed 100 times the first class rate.

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Edited by Perf10 - 11/26/2020 11:36 am
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Posted 11/26/2020   11:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
1. The stamp must serve a valid postal need.


If #1 is a "must" then all we need are mass-produced and mass-distributed forever-rate definitives.
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Posted 11/26/2020   8:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi John and all,

Yep, that would take care of the issue with one issue - pun intended.

Stamps were created as a convenience for postal patrons so they could properly frank a letter and deposit it into the mails without dealing directly with a postal employee long before this Covid-19 era. Very forward thinking those Brits ..

But wait, times and technologies change (advance?) over time. Why do we need them at all today? I get far more eBay purchases franked with various computer generated labels, etc. that I do with stamps. And, the stamps used are old ones, purchased at less than face value, issued in a bygone era.
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