COVID Card #85

July 29, 2020 | 0 comments

Philatelist. It just rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? For as long as there have been postage stamps (my sources say the first ever postage stamp was issued in 1840 in England), there have been stamp collectors. In the early days, collected stamps weren’t lovingly tucked into acid-free protective sleeves and proudly displayed in binders or framed. The first known collector was a British woman who placed an ad in the London Times in 1841 — she was seeking used postage stamps. Why? To use as wallpaper, of course.

Cards 1-100

To learn more about any of the first 100 cards, select a number from the list below.


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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