Anthony Tocci, in his letter last week, misunderstands the legend “Forever/USA” on the current USA flag postage stamps. It has nothing whatsoever to do with politics.

By international agreement, all stamp-issuing countries (except Great Britain, which was the first nation to use adhesive postage stamps) must display their country name or an abbreviation thereof on their stamps. Thus, the “USA” on the flag stamps in question. “Forever” simply means that those stamps may be used “forever” as first class postage, even if the postage rates go up. This usage has been in place for several years on first class postage stamps and avoids the costly and cumbersome process of printing and issuing alphabetically denominated (A, B, C, et cetera) make-up rate stamps each time the postage rates increase.

James E. Cardoza

Minot Street


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