2000-12-07 / Other News

1st-Class, Other Postage Rates Will Increase Next Month

AP Special Features
Are you ready to pay more for your postage stamps?
By Syd Kronish
1st-Class, Other Postage Rates Will Increase Next Month By Syd Kronish AP Special Features Are you ready to pay more for your postage stamps?

1st-Class, Other Postage Rates
Will Increase Next Month
AP Special Features
Are you ready to pay more for your postage stamps?

The U.S. Postal Service is ready with the increased rate stamps. It has issued, in large quantities, three nondenominated first class stamps to be used on mail about the middle of January. The new rate for a one-ounce letter is 34 cents.

One stamp depicts a "farm flag" design. Featured is a painting by Hiro Kimura of Brooklyn, portraying the U.S. flag over a farm house.

A second stamp shows the Statue of Liberty, based on a photo by Paul Hardy of New York City. At the bottom left is "USA First Class."

A third stamp illustrates four beautiful flowers — fressia, symbidium orchid, longiflurum lily, and Asian hybrid. The designer is Robert Peak of Winter Park, Fla. At the bottom center is "First Class USA."

These nondenominated stamps will be the "work horses" of the USPS until the new rates are shown on the stamps.

Remember, if you are in possession of the old 33-cent stamps, you will have to buy some one-cent stamps to add for the proper rate.

First day covers for the new nondenominated rate stamps can be obtained via the Stamp Fulfillment Service of the USPS by calling (800) STAMP-24.


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