Stamps

Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

11.10.14: America In 36 Stamps, Separated @ Birth, & Good Gig

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Since they were first introduced in 1847, postage stamps have become a staple of American life and taste. On today’s show,  a look at America’s most memorable stamps, and why some were beloved, while others were surprisingly contentious. 

Also today, we continue our series Good Gig: conversations with people who have landed their dream job. We’ll talk to a wildfire fighter who rappels from helicopters into raging infernos, and feels lucky!

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Buying Stamps For Profit, Popular Science Ends Comments, & A Typewriter Causes An Internet Stir

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The Weirdest Quick Rich Scheme: Buying Stamps

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Last month, the United States Postal Service proposed plans to raise the price of a first class stamp from forty-six to forty-nine cents. The change should generate about $2 billion in additional revenue for an institution desperate to stem a projected $6 billion dollar deficit this year.

Meanwhile, the Forever Stamp, introduced in 2006 and impervious to changing price rates, may present an unexpected opportunity for a bold profit. Allison Schraeger is an economist and writer whose work is featured regularly in Quartz, where she and Ritchie King co-wrote a step-by-step guide to making big money from tiny stamps.

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