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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Perpetual Postage

The U. S. Postal Service is floating the idea of issuing "forever stamps"—first-class postage that can be purchased now and used at any time in the future.

"You say nothing lasts forever, but this stamp will," [Postal Service spokesman Mark] Saunders said of the forever concept, which some foreign postal administrations, including Britain's and France's, have embraced.

"When your great-great-great grandchildren go through your junk drawer at home, when they are excavating your house, they'll say, 'What are these?' -- and they'll still be able to use them." [Link]
I would hope that any great-great-great grandchildren I leave behind would be smart enough to sell those antique stamps on eBay instead of sticking them on envelopes.

Miriam

Too bad NARA can't come up with a "forever" fee for copying files (especially Civil War pensions)!

Chris

Here's another idea: they should use those copying fees to digitize the records. Whenever someone orders a pension file, that file with all its juicy genealogical details should be scanned and placed on the NARA website. That would save genealogists from duplicating the efforts of others, and save the original records from wear and tear.

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