US Post Office To Issue Forever Stamps

We have a sweet old gummy granny who occasionally sends us cute little letters wrought in exquisite lilac penmanship, filling us in on her knitting adventures or about the music box she just found at the church sale. Each one of these letters usually arrives emblazoned with a five cent stamp from 1967, followed by a nearly endless postage ellipsis of thirty-four penny stamps, each one clearly issued in a separate year. The supposed value of the postage our grandmother’s withered tongue affixed to the envelope? Thirty nine cents. Actual inflationary value? Probably a million dollars.

So good news for the future grannies of America: the US Postal Service is thinking about issuing a “forever” stamp. These would be sold at the same price as regular first class stamps but would last until the nukes start rocketing in, no adjustment necessary for future postage stamp price hikes. At least in theory — what with a social security system due for imminent collapse any time now, some customers are pretty skeptical of the US Government’s idea of “forever.”

Post Office Pitches New ‘Forever’ Stamp [Yahoo News]