"A PORTRAIT of AMERICA"
In 2000 Personal Computer Postage became an natural extrapolation of Computer Vended Postage Stamps. This occurred with the commercial advancement of IBI (info-based-indicia) technology. IBI is a two-dimensional barcode (matrix of digital data) containing scanable intelligence in "DataMatrix" format. This lead to the cooperative issuance by Stamps.Com of stylized postage (Theme NetStamps). Simultaneously, Stamps.Com initiated a trial beta program for Personalized Photo Computer Postage Stamps. The USPS then authorized other organizations to produce IBI postage stamps.
Initially Scott Specialized Catalogue elected NOT to list these computer postage stamps in their catalog stating three major reasons for their exclusion:
- they were not sold at any US Postal Service post office,
- they were sold for amounts over face value and
- they could not be purchased individually, only as a pane of stamps.
An additional (unstated) reason for exclusion is that there appears to be no controllable way to catalog the quanity of differing photos, logos and designs found on these stamps.