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Combine stamps to meet postage hike

By Staff | Jun 2, 2009

Now that postage has increased to 44 cents for a 1-ounce, First-Class stamp, what can one do with those unused stamps?
The answer is simple — use them.
The value of the stamp will always be the value indicated on the stamp. All one needs to do is purchase additional stamps, likely 2-cent stamps, and use both on an envelope.
Now is the time to sort through those unused stamps that have been accumulating in a box or drawer. Any combination of stamps may be used in meeting the postage requirements.
If one finds a non-denominational A-H stamp issued a number of years ago, below is the letter, the year it was issued and its value:
— A: 1978, 15 cents
— B: 1981, 18 cents
— C: 1981, 20 cents
— D: 1985, 22 cents
— E: 1988, 25 cents
— F: 1991, 29 cents
— G: 1994, 32 cents
— H: 1998, 33 cents
A 1-cent makeup stamp — a weathervane — was also issued in 1998.
For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, post office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to specific postal service questions, contact the United States Postal Service at (800) 275-8777, or visit: www.usps.com.
To schedule a presentation for a community, club or group on how the postal service brings the post office to one’s home or office computer, call 573-9638.

Anne Murray is the postmaster for the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area.