The "G" rubber stamp was the latest when this was very first written in the seriesof non-denominated us alphabet stamps authorize to assist the change to brand-new postalrates in thiscountry - the USPS calls them "contingency stamps". None will win a designcompetition,but each has actually served its purpose well. We had A (1978) through H (1999). Athrough Dwere triumphs of ugliness,with nothing but the letter and an eagle, when E, a slight improvement,showed theEarth, F to be a Flower, G was the flag(Old Glory), and H to be Uncle Sam"sHat. Each paid the new first-class price at the moment it to be issued (scroll under for table). Thelast three (F, G, H) were accompanied by Make-Up rate stamps together well, to salary thedifference in between the old rate and also the new. The "F" Make-Up price stamp wasparticularly atrocious, through its bizarre text-only design. (All room illustratedbelow.)
"Patriotic and also dignified" would define these "A" covers.The "B" stamp - 18 cent - March, 1981
More fanciful, and beginning to location these rate alters in your historicalcontext,but quiet no open up disapproval here.The "C" rubber stamp - 20 cent - October, 1981
Surprising that these covers room not less mundane - this was the secondincrease in asingle year, and brought the complete increase for that year to 1/3, from 15 to20 cents!The "D" rubber stamp - 22 cent - 1985
By currently the public had actually grown accustomed to rise every 3 years, andthis onewas reasonably small, as a portion of the prior rate. Ns wonder if thatDodo covering hadanything to do with the decision to choose picture to stand for the letter,so thatpeople go not consist of their own?The "F" stamp - 29 cent - 1991
With the "F" stamp came the very first of the makeup-rate stamps. Do you supposethey madeit so ridiculous to distract us from the rise itself?The "G" stamp - 32 cent - 1994
Apparently castle couldn"t think of a great "G" word, and also had come fall earlier on OldGlory,obviously one more effort come diffuse criticism with an appeal to patriotism. Some cachet-makers determined to overlook or reinterpret the designated theme.The "H" stamp - 33 cent - 1999
So your challenge now is to think of all the indigenous you have the right to spell with justthe letters A through H. And also congratulations come Ken and Al top top a reallyclever FDC!Rate adjust stamps in various other countriesHow perform other nations handle rate changes? carry out they problem alphabet stamps?Well,Canada obtained as much as one "A" stamp - every little bit as ugly as ours - ago in 1981,thenapparently made decision they could arrangement ahead - no more since.
Great Britain problems non-denominated stamps that merely remain precious forever forwhatever class of postage is printed on lock (e.g. 1st or 2nd).Below is a booklet pane the "1st" stamps from a recent Christmas issue.
Those are the just ones ns know about right now (June, 2000).