|Some things I find interesting.|
|Hope you also do....|
As you can tell, I am fascinated by modern US postal history and stamps. I love the discovery of the new information, the new stamps and the new examples of the postal usages which are happening now.
If you share these interests, drop me an e-mail or point me to your web site. Hopefully we can share the joy of discovering new information and the FUN of collecting modern US.
|The Scarcest G Stamp
G stamps were issued by the USPS to meet the 32¢ First Class rate which became effective on January 1, 1995. Millions of these non-denominated G stamps were printed in advance at a time when the specifics of the new rates were still unknown.
The first ounce First Class domestic rate G stamps were printed with self-adhesive and water activated gum. They were processed into pane, booklet and coil formats and were produced by three different suppliers, each using a different color ink to print the letter G.
Three non-First Class stamps were also available. A yellow backgrounded stamp was issued in two versions to pay the new (20¢) post card rate. Additionally two stamps were issued for bulk (now called standard class) mailings. The regular presort bulk mail stamp had a 25¢ value and was printed with a light blue background. The non-profit presort bulk mail stamp had a green background and a 5¢ value.
Shown here are examples of only SOME of the possible varieties.
What a challenge... to find mint, used and proper usage examples of all these variations.
The unneeded G stamp....
While all other G stamps were issued with a new cost/value, only the non-profit G stamp retained the same value as its predecessor. Why was it necessary to issue the 5¢ green background non-profit stamp when there already existed a 5¢ non-profit stamp?
Most non-profit mailers seemed to ignore the newly issued G non-profit stamp in favor of using what they had previously used, the Canoe or the more distinctive non-profit Butte stamp issued March 10, 1995. In addition, the USPS did not make the new G non-profit stamp easily available to non-profit organizations; rather providing the Canoe or Butte issues when non-profit stamps were ordered for mailings.
While over 780,000,000 of these stamps were printed, few seem to have been used during the G rate period from Jan 1, 1995 through Jan 9, 1999. Large numbers of these stamps must be in USPS inventory. Because all non-profit standard class mail is now false franked (the user paying the difference between the stamp value and the actual rate), these green G stamps could be used anytime in the future.
|The American Philatelic Society (APS)
some of the green background non-profit G stamps on its mailings.
Other than those usages by a philatelic organization, I have not been able to find/learn of usages other than those by the American Lung Association of Michigan in a spring 1995 mailing. The cover below was returned with an address correction and demonstrates the 1995 usage by the handstamp applied by USPS. (The addressee name has been covered with a yellow post-it since this is a recent cover)
|A close-up (300%) shows the stamp and
|An example of another returned piece
same mailing. This example has a bonus... a Plate Number Coil (PNC)
A closer look more clearly shows the plate number to be A21111
|Are these the scarcest usages from the G stamp series? the scarcest usages in the last five years? I think they just might be. What do you think?|