Wednesday, June 13, 2012

U.S. Stamps Go High-Tech

The new US Postal Service stamps featuring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf are the first U.S. postage stamps to have a QR code on them. Additionally, the stamps are being jointly issued by the French postal service, La Poste.

A QR (or Quick Response) code is a barcode-type symbol that can be scanned to provide you with more information. You may have seen such codes in magazines and newspapers, on product packaging, even on billboards. Many "smart phones" or other electronic devices (such as an iPod Touch) can be used to scan the QR codes. Then, as long as the phone is connected to the Internet, you will see a website with more information.

With the new stamps, the QR code is printed on the back of the stamps. Once the code is scanned, a landing page opens with an option to listen to music from Davis while viewing photographs and a timeline of the lives of both Davis and Piaf. There are several buttons on the landing site including a "Buy Now" button that enables purchasing the U.S. and French versions of the Davis and Piaf stamps as well as other related products. The landing site can be emailed, shared on Facebook and Twitter and videos may be added.

For all the details on the stamps, visit the USPS site or the USPS Facebook page.

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