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"Rare" 1c George Washington & Benjamin Franklin Stamps on Postcards

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We get a lot of folks that tell us they have a collection of postcards with "Rare Stamps".  Usually they're referring to stamps like these:        These are usually common  Washington–Franklin Issues , issued from 1908–1922,  Benjamin Franklin 1902 series issued from 1902-1917 and US Regular Issues issued from 1922-1931. Most of these stamps were printed in quantities that reach into the billions, so they are definitely not rare by any account.  Just because something is 100+ years old, doesn't make it valuable.  Scarcity and collector demand make things valuable.   "But I just Googled these stamps and they're selling for $50,000!" you say? Perhaps you see something like this: First, it's doubtful that any of those stamps have actually sold for that much.  You need to look at SOLD prices [ebay.com]  There may be a few of these there that sell for more than $1, but for used 1c stamps on postcards, usually it's because of the cancel or postmark,

Support the USPS

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If you rely on US Postal Service to receive or send mail or packages I urge you to write to your congressmen and the postmaster general to support USPS: Sign and share the  Save the USPS Petition Find your Representative Find your Senator Contact the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: Email:  louis.dejoy@usps.gov Mailing Address: 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C. 20260 Buy some stamps: USPS Postal Store Have you gotten something important in your mail recently?  Have you sent a letter or package?  Have you had issues with your mail service?  Share your comments with "leadership" in Washington. I ship thousands of vintage postcards via USPS each month and USPS has always been extremely reliable.  I estimate my rate of lost, delayed or damaged items over the past decade to be maybe 1 in 1000 (1/10 of 1%).  I've never had many issues until this past month - I've never had so many customers complaining about not receiving their items or having items damaged in transit.

San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair this Weekend

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Join us this weekend at Golden Gate Park for the SF Paper Fair!

SF Vintage Paper Fair in The News

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Nice write-up about this past weekend's show in the SF Chronicle: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Postcards-from-the-past-at-Vintage-Paper-Fair-12480225.php

File Your Taxes on a Postcard

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This is probably what Trump meant about being able to file your taxes on a postcard :

Before there was Amazon or Google Express...

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There was Sears "Instant Shopping":