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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations February 25-26,. 2006:

Good to the last drop.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries. 

Still got some thirty-seven cent stamps lying around? You can still use them, you know: 
U-S postage stamps almost never go bad -- they're always valid for postage. Some countries DO "de-monetize" stamps after awhile, but the last time the U-S did that was in eighteen-sixty-one, 
at the start of the Civil War -- to keep Confederates from using U-S Mail. Stamps at that time 
also were sometimes used as currency, something else the Union wanted to keep out of Southern 

Other than that and one or two special delivery issues -- that service is no longer offered -- you 
can use any stamps from the last hundred forty-five years. You could even use the twenty-four cent inverted airplane stamp from nineteen-eighteen for a postcard. It would be incredibly stupid, but 
you could do it. They're worth six figures each!

By the way, three thirty-seven cent stamps pay the rate for a four-ounce envelope -- something to 
keep in mind for tax time.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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