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