1973 8 Postal Service Employees Postage Stamps Scott #1489-98. Cancelled strip of 20 stamps. To highlight “Postal Week,” ten special stamps were issued in 1973 “designed to emphasize to the American people the important duties performed by the men and women” who are employed by the United States Postal Service. Originally issued attached, each of the ten stamps depicts one of the many jobs performed by postal workers and contains a message written by the Post Office. Window Clerk – 8: “Nearly 27 billion U.S. stamps are sold yearly to carry your letters to every corner of the world.” Mail Pickup – 8: “Mail is picked up from nearly a third of a million local collection boxes, as well as your own mailbox.” Conveyor Belt – 8: “More than 87 billion letters and packages are handled yearly – almost 300 million every delivery day.” Sorting Parcels – 8: “The people in your Postal Service handle and deliver more than 500 million packages yearly.” Mail Canceling – 8: “Thousands of machines, buildings, and vehicles must be operated and maintained to keep your mail moving.” Manual Sorting – 8: “The skill of sorting mail manually is still vital to the delivery of your mail.” Machine Sorting – 8: “Employees use modern, high speed equipment to sort and process huge volumes of mail in central locations.” Loading Truck – 8: “Thirteen billion pounds of mail are handled yearly by postal employees as they speed your letters and packages.” Letter Carrier – 8: “Our customers include 54 million urban and 12 million rural families, plus millions of businesses.” Rural Delivery – 8: “Employees cover 4 million miles each delivery day to bring mail to your home or business.”
These are real USPS postage stamps that are accepted by the Postal Service as payment for mail however the rates on the stamps must equal or exceed the current appropriate postal mailing cost or extra postage must be paid for if using them for mailing.
The stamp set shown in the picture is a stock photo and is likely not a picture of the exact stamp set you will receive in that it may differ in plate number and/or orientation. However the item you will receive will be similar including having a plate number (if one is present in the photos) and the same number of stamps.