Monday, June 27, 2016

How A Stamp Works, A Guide To Low-tech Communication

I wrote this post for a young friend contemplating issuing wedding invitations by snail mail. He doubted that any of his friends would know how to use a stamp to RSVP.

A "stamp" is a small piece of adhesive paper or plastic, often artfully designed, that is the ticket for air, sea, or land transportation of a physical object. The price of a stamp is called postage. Stamps are available at one of a network of vendors known as post offices.

After a stamp is applied to the passenger-equivalent item, it is marked with ink to indicate that it has been used. The action is called cancellation.

Stamps are popular collectibles. -30-

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