COVID Card #76

July 20, 2020 | 0 comments

Today’s card is a creepy card (does that statement make you think of The Minister’s Cat?).

In 1896, the Washington Post issued a warning about “postage stamp tongue” — a result of “The Deadly Stamp.” Readers were urged to avoid licking stamps as this led to sores on the tongue and, potentially, a sore throat. The WP was not the first periodical to print such a warning. Germ theory was fairly new, but news of it was spreading… a virus.

The answer? “Sanitary Stamps.” Sanitary stamps were sold in sealed packets and did not have much contact with human hands or other nasty things previous to being in the possession of the consumer. To further reduce passing germs around, vending machines known as Silent Salesmen became popular.

Learn more about this dirty business.

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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.

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