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snowy12
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27 Aug 2018
09:20:47pm

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I have a block of 20 1981 Christmas stamps Sc#1940 these have no value on them ,with a cancel "Global Air Letter Post".Were these the first No Value stamps issued by the USPO?
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Cactusjack
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28 Aug 2018
02:02:54am
re: Which US stamp was the first issued with no value on it ?

No. The first non-denominated stamp was Scott #1736, an orange definitive with an eagle and the letter "A". It was issued May 22, 1978 and valued at 15c. Then came a purple stamp of the same design with the letter being "B". It was issued March 15, 1981 and valued at 18c. Then came the Brown stamp with the letter "C". It was issued October 11, 1981 and valued at 20c. Then 17 days after the "C" definitive stamp came out the 2 non-denominated Christmas issues on October, 28, 1981 and valued at 20c. The Christmas issues were a small definitive sized Madonna stamp (#1939) and your "Felt Bear on a Sled" commemorative stamp (#1940), the second Christmas stamp. Sorry I don't have scans of the earlier non-denominated stamps.

You will notice that we had 2 stamp price increases in 1981.That was a greedy year for the pPostal Service.

Jim

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smauggie
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28 Aug 2018
04:06:19am
re: Which US stamp was the first issued with no value on it ?

I believe it was US Scott 1580, the 1975 Christmas stamp. It had no denomination in letters or numerals, just the term "US Postage". It paid the 10 cent first class postage rate of the time.

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Cactusjack
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28 Aug 2018
07:35:54am
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I stand corrected.

Jim

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michael78651
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28 Aug 2018
03:26:20pm
re: Which US stamp was the first issued with no value on it ?

Antonio is only one-third correct.

According to Linn's, there were three stamps designed for first class use issued by the US post office on October 14, 1975, that did not have denominations.

They were:

Scott #1580 and #1580B (both have the same design as shown by Antonio.

The other is Scott #1579, also a Christmas stamp
http://www.bardostamps.com/kart-A/1970/1975/A1579.htm

If you go by the catalog numbering, you could say that the 1579 is the first such stamp, or at least, the first such stamp listed.

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snowy12
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28 Aug 2018
04:16:17pm

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re: Which US stamp was the first issued with no value on it ?

Thank you all for your input,as I do not collect US stamps ,it got me wondering about if it was the first NVI stamp issued by the USPO .I now know it wasn't .
Thanks again guys
Brian

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ThomasGalloway
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06 Oct 2018
04:40:57pm
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From the BoB arena, Scott UO14 from 1877:

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musicman
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07 Oct 2018
09:46:59am
re: Which US stamp was the first issued with no value on it ?

And if you would like to see - in album format - a list of US NVI stamps

(at least up to approx. the year 2007)

here is a link to the free PDF download of the American Philatelic Society's

album called "NONDENOMINATED POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE UNITED STATES"


https://stamps.org/userfiles/file/albums/Nondenominated.pdf



They make some very nice pages and they have many other subjects to choose from as well.


Just an FYI Happy


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michael78651
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07 Oct 2018
12:14:33pm
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And, by the way, all the album pages offered on the American Philatelic Society's web site are free to everyone. You do not have to be a member of the APS to download them or many other things that are available for all collectors.

Here is a link to all the album pages:

https://stamps.org/Free-Album-Pages

Of course supporting the APS also supports the hobby! Winking

Michael, APS member since 1985

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