I will post all of these in parts, as I keep adding them to my personal collection. As of now I have some 16 or so of these HFVs.
In this first part, I am putting up the first express mail and priority mail stamps issued by the USPS. Before I get to the stamps though, a little about these services and the difference between the two.
Priority Mail and Express Mail services are two of the most popular USPS mail classes.
Express Mail guarantees delivery by noon or 3:00 pm next-day to most U.S. locations. Priority Mail is delivered in an average of 2-3 days (without any guaranteed delivery times). Priority Mail is often delivered the next day if sent within the same postal zone.
Both letters and packages can be sent using the services
Express mail is automatically insured against loss. Priority mail does not include any insurance.
Express mail is priced higher than priority mail.
To compete with Federal Express the USPS started its own Express Mail Next Day delivery service in 1983. This bold and beautiful $9.35 Bald Eagle stamp would deliver a package up to 2 pounds overnight and was, at the time, the highest face value stamp ever issued.
The U.S. $9.35 express mail stamp was issued at the Kennedy Space Center on August 12, 1983.
Issued to prepay postage for overnight Express Mail, this denomination covered the rate for an eight-ounce package. Like its predecessors, this stamp featured a bald eagle, but it also carried something new - the Olympic logo.
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