COVID Card #90

August 3, 2020 | 0 comments

One of the most famous stamp collecting women in history is Amelia Earhart. The sale of her own stamp “souvenirs” helped fund her work. When her plane went down in 1937, the nose cargo compartment contained over 5,000 souvenir covers that her supporters had paid for (the idea being that these autographed treasures would be delivered when Ms. Earhart returned from her journey). You can read more here.

“What is a cover?,” you ask. While it would be far sketchier for me to make you wait until I made a COVID card about covers, that may never happen. So, I’ll tell you. They are stamped envelopes. Big deal, right? It can be to stamp collectors. While a cover can be the envelope you put Uncle Norman’s birthday card in, it would probably only be desirable to collectors if you used a rare stamp or if Uncle Norman was famous — or if you are famous (and, perhaps, dead). Covers are typically cancelled (they’ve actually gone through the mail and the stamp cannot be reused for postage), but they don’t have to be. I’m pretty sure that only cancelled covers are considered valuable. And now that I’ve written more about this than Amelia Earhart, I’ll stop. Maybe there will be a Cover COVID Card in the future.

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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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