As a collector of new-issue U.S. first day covers and a journalist who covers U.S. stamps, it’s important for me to know what stamps are being issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Sometimes, I know more about new issues than the clerks in the post offices.
Here are some of the more amusing things I’ve overheard in recent months — at several post offices, I hasten to add, not just one.
At another post office recently, I asked for a specific recent issue.
“I don’t have that, but I do have the Clown stamps.”
“We don’t have the acrobat or tiger stamps.”
“Yes, you do. They’re on that same Circus [Posters] sheet with the clowns.”
And this one had nothing to do with new issues, but the other day, I heard a clerk tell the same customer, within a few minutes, “I haven’t done one of these in years” and (sarcastically) “I guess you know my job better than I do.”