Pixar on stamps in 2011 (plus all US stamps to become “forever stamps”)

Some of Pixar’s characters will become United States Postal Service stamps in 2011. Here’s what they’ll look like:

Pixar stampsYes, they’re all from recent Pixar films, versus what’s considered the most popular ones, given the glaring omission of “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles” (though I’d prefer “Monsters, Inc.” over “Nemo”). Still, they all look quite nice.

And yes, that’s a “Forever” price on those stamps. Starting in January 2011, all USPS stamps will be “forever” stamps, or stamps with no specific postage price marked and thus are good forever, even with future rate hikes. A welcome change over the past practice of keeping on hand a pile of 1- or 2-cent stamps to keep old stamps useful. Too bad this wasn’t done sooner; I’d still like to be able to use the Looney Tunes or DC superheroes stamps on letters without tacking on extra postage.

And yes, I’m told Canada has non-denominational stamps, as well (hi, Heather!).

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