To Cast A Free Ballot, 1977

Lots of proposed rules on voter registration. Things like identification. Signatures. Maybe these are not bad things. But if they involve any cost to a citizen, any direct cost at all, they are un-American. It wasn’t just a 1977 USPS promotion, it’s a principle of democracy. We are citizens. We have the right to vote. We don’t pay for it.

Way back before forever stamps, we had the need for small denomination stamps. These little beauts came in handy when the USPS jacked up the ten-cent rate to thirteen in the mid-1970s.

Stuck with a drawerful of older stamps when the rate changed? No problem. Just get some small denomination pieces and add the appropriate one to the upper right corner of the envelope. Think emoji for the disco era.

This stamp imaged above was part of the 1975-81 Americana series. A bit more on those 33 designs here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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