This cover from the USA carries a nice group of stamps from the previous century featuring birds and flowers.
Country: United States of America
Date of Cover: 24th December 2016
- Left: Medallion Roses 15c, issued 11th July 1978
- Right: Bird definitives, 25c, issued 28th May 1988
Noernberg Stamps has provided some nice info and insight to the $0:00 surcharge label on this cover. Why bother printing and applying a zero surcharge sticker? Here’s why:
As you can see, the stamps are hand-cancelled (handed over the post office counter). Many times, the clerk will print a label for $0.00 when there are lots of stamps so that people down the line don’t question whether there is sufficient postage or not and stop to count up the postage or challenge the rate. It kind of proves that nothing else is owed, and that it’s been verified by a postal authority. Helps the mail travel faster.