Friday, March 11, 2011

APS Releases Free Non-Denominated U.S. Postage Stamp Album

The American Philatelic Society (APS) has released another one of its downloadable stamp albums for non-denominated United States postage stamps. The 26-page album is in full color and has write-ups about each of the stamps.

Non-denominated postage stamps are stamps with no value printed on the face of the stamp.

According to the APS, "As postal costs increased, the Postal Service began to increase their rates for the various classes of mail. Before becoming effective, however, these rate increases had to be submitted to the Postal Rate Commission for approval. Often, the PRC would take as much as a year conducting studies and compiling data before accepting or rejecting the changes. If the rate increase was approved, the Postal Service then had to rush to design and produce the new stamps. In 1975, the Postal Service began printing non-denominated stamps so it would be ready and waiting for the next rate change. A letter of the alphabet was used to represent the unknown rate, so the stamps could meet customer demand until new definitives bearing the actual rate were printed."

With 36,000 members in 100 countries, the 125-year-old Society is the largest, nonprofit society for stamp collectors in the free world. APS offers services and educational opportunities to broaden your enjoyment of the hobby and enhance your special collecting interests, whatever they may be.

The APS is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of its publications and services. Financial support for the development of this and other album pages is provided by Mystic Stamp Company.

To download the album, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM