Saturday, December 24, 2011

New 2012 international rate stamp: Lancaster County, PA



Behold, the new 2012 international rate stamp! This image features Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Amish country, I believe?) as part of the Scenic American Landscapes series, according to the Stamp of Approval blog. The new rate is $1.05, up from $0.98.

UPDATE: Rates go up January 22, 2012.

7 comments:

  1. I got your letter! I was very happy. :) Thanks so much!! I'll write you back at the beginning of January.

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  2. It's a beautiful stamp, but it's hard to get very excited about it. When I see some of the creative stamps that are produced in countries like Finland, I wonder why we can't do better.

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  3. Christine - very true. Finnish stamps put ours to shame!

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  4. Woo hoo! I live in lancaster county and this is what I see every day. haha

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  5. Well I'm not too happy about the rate increase, but I do like that the new stamps will feature a place close to my family home! I love driving through the country and seeing the farms.

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  6. I love the stamp but find it odd that an Amish image is for airmail. The new rate complicates my three stamp habit for international mail. Two 44¢ and a 10¢ worked so well and allowed me to use a lovely variety of postage. However two 45¢ (new domestic) leaves me 15¢ short and there isn't just one stamp for that. I'm hoarding all my vintage 15¢ postage for Postcrossing.

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  7. PostMuse - so true, regarding the stamp difficulty. The "forever" stamps will retain the first-class rate, so first-class Forevers that are now 44 will become 45, so at least that simplifies. I have a bunch of vintage 15-cent stamps, so I guess I'll break those out, too. I hadn't thought about that mathematical postage difficulty yet, though. I wonder if the postal service will print a new 15-cent stamp, or a 7-cent "make-up" to add to the current 98-center? Hmmm... postage musing from PostMuse!

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