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USPS Did Not Issue Bernie Sanders Forever Stamps

While there is an envelope featuring the likeness of Bernie Sanders, the United States Postal Service has not issued a forever stamp endorsing the Democratic candidate.

Published Feb 18, 2016

The United States Postal Service issued a "forever stamp" featuring Bernie Sanders.

In February 2016, an image purportedly showing an official "Bernie Sanders Forever Stamp" issued by the United States Postal Service started circulating on social media:

The above-displayed image is neither an official item from the United States Postal Service, nor is it an actual stamp. This piece of political postage was created by a self-styled "monthly journal of progressive cartoons" called The Comic News, and while it was designed to look like a forever stamp (which can be used to mail first class letters forever without having to buy additional postage, no matter what the going rate might be), the above-displayed graphic is actually a portion of an envelope:

The deception is accomplished by means of incorporting a USPS Forever Stamp (a flag) into the design printed in the upper-right corner of the envelope. When the Forever Stamp is affixed in its designated place, the Bernie Sanders ‘stamp’ image has been completed.

The ready-for-mailing envelope comes with a “Red, White, and Blue” Forever Stamp and requires no additional postage to be mailed first class anywhere in the U.S. (up to one ounce, like all Forever Stamps).

An image of the actual envelope, which was posted to Facebook in February 2016, clearly shows the Bernie Sanders envelope with a blank space reserved for a stamp:

sanders envelope

While the above-displayed envelopes are real, they still need a real stamp before they can be mailed via the United States Postal Service.

This isn't the first time that The Comic News has issued stamp-ready envelopes with a political flavor.  According to founder and publisher Thom Zajac, they've also put out Reagan envelopes and Nixon ones:

nixon envelope

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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