Thanks but they're not precanceled - The stamps I showed are not for <span style="font-weight: bold">presorted</span> first-class or <span style="font-weight: bold">standard</span> mail (the standard for precanceled stamps).
Hmm, well sorry if that's not correct. My dad was a big stamp collector, I used to see them all the time. I have no idea what other reason would be used to draw lines through the denomination like that then.
You're right though the denomination is incorrect for those classes of service. I noted that what you posted don't appear to be actual photographs of stamps you saw, where did you see that?
The only other reason I could think of is that they are specimens (or images used for display) and are lined out to differentiate them from actual issues.
Note that they are discussing whether those stamps are real or not.
That would be totally dumb. Issue a Forever stamp that is not Forever, and put a date on it that you would have to decode to get the denomination. How asinine. Just print the denomination then.
I don't think that is correct. On the USPS page for the Farmers Market stamps (which show Forever lined out) they say "These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate."
that blog post lost all credibility in the first sentence.
"Most people appreciated when the United States Postal Service started marketing the “priceless” Forever Stamp in 1997"
of you click on the Link in the words "Forever Stamp", it takes you to the USPS "Forever Stamp Fact Sheet", the First Line of which reads "The first Forever Stamp went on sale in April 2007 and it featured an image of the Liberty Bell. "
the blogger was only off by a decade...
Yup. OP needs to provide proof or else we're just spinning wheels here. And not just pic of a stamp he printed at home but an actual stamp he purchased from the post office.
By the way, here is another page I found that says only the internet images are crossed out, but not the actual stamps. See the comments below the text:
Supposedly this was a USPS maintained blog site that later became http://uspsstamps.com/, but I don't really know the authenticity of it.