COVID Card #86

July 30, 2020 | 0 comments

Once in a while, there is a topic that I really want to make a card about, but coming up with imagery that is fun and relevant, but not so detailed that it takes half a day to render, can be challenging.

The imagery on today’s card is more like a cryptic crossword clue than most. The topic, thankfully, is short and sweet.

Before stamp collecting became known as philately (1864), it was called timbromania (aka stamp madness) and timbrophily. The term is said to have come from the French word for stamp: timbre. (that’s a clue to the imagery, but don’t take it too literally)

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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