Q8-8. The Postal Operations Manual divides
adhesive-backed postage stamps into three
basic types. Name the three types.
Regular stamps are issued in what minimum
and maximum amounts?
Q8-10. What is the purpose of commemorative
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.
Learning Objective: Recall the different types
of postal stationery available at an MPO.
Aerogrammes, stamped cards, and stamped
envelopes are examples of postal stationery. Each of
these items may be issued to you as part of your
postage stock. Remember that prices on postal
stationery are subject to change, and you should keep
yourself informed as to the current selling price of
aerogrammes, stamped cards, and stamped envelopes.
The DMM, IMM, and Postal Bulletin are the
references for this information.
Aerogrammes (air letter sheets), which can be
folded into the form of an envelope and sealed, may be
sent by air to all countries. These sheets, bearing
imprinted postage, can be sold at all post offices.
Enclosures are NOT permitted. The use of tape or
stickers to seal aerogrammes is prohibited.
Aerogrammes may be registered after payment of a
registry fee. Refer to the IMM for the current price.
The USPS supplies stamped cards with a postage
stamp printed or impressed on it for the purpose of
transmitting a message. The USPS sells two stamped
cards; one is a double stamped card with one half of the
card being a reply card, the other is a single card. Your
MPO will normally only stock single-piece rate
stamped cards. Selling price for the stamped cards is
the First-Class rate of postage for a single card, double
that for a double reply-paid card, plus an additional
charge for the card or double card. Refer to Module R
of the DMM for the current prices for stamped cards.
Stamped envelopes are made of high-grade paper
that will withstand any ordinary handling to which a
letter may be subjected. Stamped envelopes are
available in plain or personalized format with four
different types each. Your MPO will normally only
supply plain stamped envelopes.
Regular plain stamped envelopes are available at
the First-Class postage rate plus a charge for the
envelope. At the time this manual was written, this cost
was .33 cents for the postage and .07 cents for the
envelope; total cost to customer of .40 cents. Two sizes
are available, size No. 6-3/4 and size No. 10. Single
stamped envelopes, in either size, are sold at the same
price; refer to Module R of the DMM for the current
price. Discount prices are available when
arrangements are made for individuals to purchase
envelopes in multiples of 500.
CARE AND PROTECTION OF STOCK
Learning Objective: Recall the procedures
for properly caring for postal effects.
Stamps, postal stationery, and other accountable
items must be protected at all times. At the finance
window, keep your funds and stock stored in a cash
drawer that will accommodate the different
denominations of coins, bills, and the postage stock
items of the highest demand.
Cash drawers are designed to keep postal stock
beyond the reach and sight of the customers. For
security reasons you must always lock your cash
drawer during temporary absences from the window.
At night and when the post office is closed, place all
funds and stamp stock in your assigned safe.
Duplicate combinations and keys to cashboxes,
cash drawers, or safes in which funds and postal stock
are stored, should be sealed in PS Form 3977s,
Duplicate Key Inventory (Envelope). They must be
safeguarded by the COPE (unless you are the COPE
then by another designated individual). PS Form
3977s should be receipted for on a modified PS Form
1096 (Cash Receipt).
You should place your name, the description of the
contents, and the location of the applicable container
on the face of the envelope(s). In addition, your
signature and the signature of the designated