Today’s card is (again) about inverts. An invert happens (or used to) when one or more sheets of stamps are fed to a printer upside down (after one or more colors have been printed). So, for example, a blank stamp sheet is put in a printer, red ink is laid down. The sheet is removed. After all sheets are printed with red, the process is repeated for the next color, blue, for instance. If a red-printed sheet is fed the wrong way, the blue ink is laid inverted or upside down. Stamps printed this was are rare and valuable and one was even involved in a scandal. I’ll save that story for another day (or you can search on “CIA stamp”).
COVID Card #94
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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.