Philately is the study of postage stamps. Who knew that there was so much to stamps that there was a study to its parts?
Postage stamps are not just a little sticker placed in the top right-hand corner of the envelope that holds them. They are intricately designed morsels with an abundance of information printed on them to provide information about their history.
Some of the elements that go into a stamp include the design and the inscriptions on the face.
Many different types of stamps hold functions or support causes in fundraising programs.
Types of stamps.
- Priority Mail Express Stamps– Used for express mail delivered within 24 hours of the sender posting them.
Priority stamps are for packages and envelopes posted throughout the United States. The pricing of this stamp depends on the size of the shipment or envelope.
- Priority Mail Stamp– Delivery of parcels labeled with these happen within 1-3 business days.
Envelopes and packages mailed through the postal service with Priority stamps in various sizes. The number of stamps used will be determined by the weight and size of the parcel.
- Forever Stamps– used for First Class Mail Forever stamps were introduced to save customers time and money.
Maintaining their value, Forever Stamps stay valid regardless of when purchased for one-ounce postage.
Paying homage to distinguished artists, milestones, and more, Forever Stamps often have new designs showcasing the person or event that they are commemorating.
- Global Forever Stamps– can be used to send letters globally or locally one ounce or less. These stamps never lose their value regardless of price increases that may happen.
- One Ounce Price Forever Stamp– Valued at the same as a First-Class Mail stamp, the one-ounce stamp is used for letters or small parcels weighing in at one ounce or lower.
- Additional Ounce Forever Stamp– added to the original stamp for the weight over an ounce.
- Presorted Stamp– Reserved for clients who have Mailing Permits and Business mail. Typically, this type of stamp is for bulk distribution in coils of up to 10 000.
- Postcards Stamps– Postcards are a common form of mailing and have a dedicated stamp. This stamp is for those who wish to send messages to loved ones with images of their picture-perfect destination.
- Non-Denomination or Definitive stamps– These stamps are used for a specific service and have no value printed on the face of this stamp.
- Semipostal Stamps– Supports fundraising for a cause akin to breast cancer is at the core of this stamp.
- NetStamps– blank stamps are sold that the buyer can print on at home or work. A NetStamp can be used to send mail anywhere, depending on its value.
A variety of non-traditional stamps also exist mainly for promotions or use by non-profit organizations and churches. Often these stamps are bought by collectors for their growing book of collectible stamps.
Some examples of these are listed below:
- Cinderella Stamp – These stamps are not used for postage purposes, but rather for added services not covered by the post office.
- Carriers Stamp– Private mail carriers use this stamp to deliver mail directly to the addressee.
- Airmail Stamp– There is an additional charge levied for airmail in addition to the additional fee of postage. This stamp covers these fees. Typically, the design represents a famous pilot or airplane to commemorate their achievements.
- Local Post Stamps– Used by local postal services within a specific geographical. Local stamps are for parcels delivered along a single transport route.
Many different stamps serve various purposes for the postal system.
There was even a stage when consumers could produce custom stamps for clients. Since 2020 all custom stamps have been discontinued due to counterfeiting.
Counterfeiting is when stamp traditions such as the design, the paper printed on, or even the glue used to stick them onto parcels become compromised.
Perforation came into effect after the 1850’s when holes along the borders were how stamps got separated.
Summary of the different types of stamps and their uses
|One Ounce Price Forever stamp||Up to once ounce letters and parcels and is equal to First-Class Mail Stamps.||Bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Additional Ounce Forever Stamp||The usage gets printed on the stamp, for example, Postcard, Additional Ounce, Two Ounce.||These can be bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Presorted Stamp||Intended for use by a bulk mailer in rolls of 100, 3000 up to 10 000. Features the American flag in its design element||Presorted stamps can be bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Postcard Stamps||Made for postage of postcards||Bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Denomination Stamps||The value of the stamp gets inscribed on the face. When a price increase has occurred, this stamp is added to the original one to make up the value.||Bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Priority Mail Express Stamps||Send packages and envelopes shipped overnight anywhere in the US. The price depends on the size of the parcel or envelope.||Bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Priority Mail Stamps||1 – 3 business days delivery service through the postal system. There is a flat rate per size bracket of the parcel or envelope||Bought individually or in sheets of 10 or 20|
|Non-Denomination Stamps||Has no value printed on the face of the stamp. Used for a service rather than a value like the Once Ounce stamp||Individually|
|Forever Stamps||Used for First-Class mail but never loses its value despite when it was bought and used. You can send one-ounce packages with a Forever Stamp||Sheets of 20 to rolls of 100|
|Global Forever Stamps||Used to send lightweight postcards and one-ounce letters and packages globally as First Class Mail||Sheets of 20|
|Semipostal Stamps||Used for First Class Mails at a slightly higher cost to raise money for causes like Breast Cancer||Individually|
|NetStamps||Send mail anywhere dependant on the value. You can buy NetStamp stickers and print them at home.||Sheets of 20 to rolls of 100|
|Cinderella Stamps||Not issued by postal services but used to deliver parcels in addition to a postage stamp.||Individually|
|Carrier Stamps||Delivers post directly to the addressee from the post office||Individually|
|Airmail Stamps||Pays the additional fee over and above the surface rate to send a package via airmail||Individually|
|Local Stamps||Used between two geographical areas by local post offices||Individually|
In closing, the United States postal service has introduced many different stamps to accommodate the multitude of uses required.
Whether you are sending a response to a service provider regarding a bill or query or mailing a postcard to a loved one to share in a memory, you have a postage stamp that will suit your needs.
Each stamp that you buy holds a monetary value at the time of purchase and, those values increase with costs continually increasing.
When those price increases do take place, you don’t need to go out and buy a new collection of stamps. There are processes in place to have you covered.
Some stamps in production today have been manufactured to assist when prices increase.
Stamps do not expire unless they have been badly damaged and are illegible or torn.
Postage stamps have been a necessity for over a decade, changing in style and usage capabilities with the times.
Rest assured that when you buy a stamp, it will maintain its value and will not expire.