At the beginning of the Civil War in the US, coins were hoarded. Weird, right? The resulting scarcity made it necessary for something else to stand in when small amounts of money were needed — when you wanted change for the silver dollar you paid for your beer at the tavern, for instance. Postage stamps became that currency. Eventually, people got tired of them sticking together in messy clumps, so fractional paper currency (aka shinplasters) was created. To this day, while not legal tender strictly speaking, if you want to accept postage stamps in lieu of cash for a transaction, you may. Postage stamps are very rarely demonetized.
COVID Card #20
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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.