Billie Holiday

Lady Day

This postcard from the US Postal Services depicts their Billie Holiday stamp, issued in 1994 as part of a series of stamps called “Legends of American Music, Volume Two”. The first-class domestic letter rate from 1991-1994 was 29 cents; it would go up to 32 cents on January 1, 1995, giving this stamp a particularly short shelf-life.

Don’t forget that rates are going up across the board on January 22. Domestic postcard rates have been 29 cents since last April; they’ll be going up to 32 cents. Domestic letters increase from 44 cents to 45 cents, but if you have “Forever” stamps, they’ll work forever, no matter what you originally paid for them.

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7 Responses

  1. postcardy says:

    I still have most of my 29 cent postcard stamps left. I didn’t expect another rate increase so soon. They should have made postcard stamps good forever. I do have plenty of unused 3 cent stamps from my old stamp collection.

  2. viridian61 says:

    Thank you for joining Sunday stamps!!! I was going to start up Postcrossing again – guess I’d better check the new rates. or send cards now.

  3. We don’t have domestic postcard rates. 🙁 In fact even your domestic letter rate sounds cheap to me, compared with 46 pence in the UK and 60 centimes in France.

  4. VioletSky says:

    That is a nice picture of Billie.
    And yes, your domestic rates are really cheap compared to ours, which are also going up to 61 cents in January. We don’t have a postcard rate, sadly.

  5. Bob Scotney says:

    I have anumber of musicians on 32 and 33c stamps but none at 29c, so I guess mine are later than the Billie Holiday stamp. The design is different too for Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward for example. I haven’t sent a postcard for years so can only guess at UK rates.

  6. Beautiful stamp. I like how the text is reversed out on top of the artwork.

  7. Joy says:

    Marvellous singer, I always like pictures of her when she had the flower in her hair.
    How great to have postcard rates, I’m jealous of that because it means that people still send lots of postcards in the US.

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