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Here are the top ten articles for the Stamps Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. The Rise And Fall Of Domestic Airmail Service
On July 1, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon announced the opening of the New United States Postal Service to supersede the old Post Office Department. Nixon’s announcement heralded the change as way to replace the old bureaucratic and obsolete cabinet-level government operation with a more nimble. a

2. The 1971 Airmail Transit Test Mailing
Between May and September 1971 a scientific management team conducted extensive tests to evaluate the overnight efficiency of intercity airmail deposited in dedicated collection boxes by 4 p.m.

3. Confusion Over New Metered Postage Rate
On January 26, 2014 the USPS added a new pricing category called “metered mail” for a single first-class letter. For letters up to the 3.5 ounce weight limit franked with a meter imprint or any “postage evidencing system postage,” the first ounce cost is 48 cents.

4. William H. Johnson Flowers Stamps
On April 11, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service issued a nondenominated (45cent) Flowers by William H. Johnson forever stamp in the long-running American Treasures series. William Henry Johnson was an African-American painter born in Florence S.C. in 1901.

5. Stamp Collecting Tools Required For Collecting
Thank goodness, stamp collecting is not as expensive to pursue as skiing or golf, where the tools and equipment can cost thousands of dollars. Plus ski and golf clothes can be expensive in their own right.

6. Mail in the 1600s and 1700s
Ever wonder how, before stamps and postal services, mail was delivered?

7. $600 Press Sheet Price Controversial
One of more recent articles, chronicled the introduction of the $19.99 USS Arizona Memorial stamp. A press sheet with or without the die cuts, comprise three panes of 10 stamps and sell for $599.70, a bit shy of $600.

8. U.S. Postage Increasing
So much for the non-existent inflation rate that the government keeps trying to convince us does not exist. The price to mail a first-class letter is going to jump to 49 cents.

9. Jimi Hendrix To Be Honored On New Stamp
Jimi Hendrix is to be honored on a new United States forever stamp on March 13, 2014. Hendrix (1942-70) skyrocketed to fame with his mastery of the electric guitar. He literally transformed the world of rock music in the 1960s with his innovations and technical skills.

10. Yucatan Set Worthy Of Attention
The social structure of Yucatan, which is on the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has long been dominated by Hacendados, owners, and managers of large henequen plantations. Tensions between the Hacendados and the native Mayan peasant farmers ran high, resulting in the Caste War of 1847 to



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