The "G" stamp was the latest once this was very first written in the seriesof non-denominated us alphabet stamps issued to help the shift to brand-new postalrates in thiscountry - the USPS calls castle "contingency stamps". None will certainly win a designcompetition,but each has actually served its purpose well. We had actually A (1978) through H (1999). Athrough Dwere triumphs the ugliness,with nothing yet the letter and an eagle, while E, a slim improvement,showed theEarth, F was a Flower, G to be the flag(Old Glory), and H to be Uncle Sam"sHat. Every paid the new first-class rate at the time it to be issued (scroll down for table). Thelast three (F, G, H) to be accompanied by Make-Up rate stamps as well, to pay thedifference between the old rate and also the new. The "F" Make-Up price stamp wasparticularly atrocious, through its bizarre text-only design. (All space illustratedbelow.)
"Patriotic and also dignified" would explain these "A" covers.The "B" rubber stamp - 18 cent - March, 1981
More fanciful, and beginning to location these rate changes in your historicalcontext,but still no open disapproval here.The "C" stamp - 20 cent - October, 1981
Surprising that these covers are not less mundane - this was the secondincrease in asingle year, and also brought the full increase for that year to 1/3, native 15 to20 cents!The "D" stamp - 22 cent - 1985
Finally! A statement!The "E" stamp - 25 cents - 1988
By now the public had actually grown accustomed to boost every three years, andthis onewas reasonably small, together a percent of the former rate. Ns wonder if thatDodo covering hadanything to do with the decision come choose an image to represent the letter,so thatpeople walk not consist of their own?The "F" stamp - 29 cents - 1991
With the "F" stamp came the first of the makeup-rate stamps. Carry out you supposethey madeit so man to distract united state from the increase itself?The "G" stamp - 32 cents - 1994
Apparently castle couldn"t think that a good "G" word, and also had come fall earlier on OldGlory,obviously one more effort come diffuse criticism v an appeal come patriotism. Part cachet-makers chose to ignore or reinterpret the designated theme.The "H" rubber stamp - 33 cent - 1999
So your an obstacle now is come think of all the indigenous you deserve to spell with justthe letter A with H. And also congratulations to Ken and also Al ~ above a reallyclever FDC!Rate change stamps in various other countriesHow do other countries handle price changes? execute they worry alphabet stamps?Well,Canada gained as much as an "A" rubber stamp - every bit as ugly as ours - ago in 1981,thenapparently determined they could arrangement ahead - no more since.
Great Britain problems non-denominated stamps that simply remain precious forever forwhatever class of postage is published on lock (e.g. 1st or 2nd).Below is a booklet pane the "1st" stamps native a recent Christmas issue.
Those room the just ones i know around right now (June, 2000).