Monday, March 21, 2016

Thank-you postcard to Taiwan with $1.20¼ of colorful postage

I hope this postcard makes it to Taiwan.

Last week, I received a very nice Postcrossing card from a young person in Taiwan who loves to collect stamps. To thank her, I am mailing her a postcard on which the back is nearly filled with small-denomination stamps from the 20th century. I use multiple stamps all the time on postcards, but this one takes the cake. So I hope it makes it through.

And, yes, it comes to $1.20¼ (international postage is $1.20 for now) because I capped it off with a 1¼¢ stamp featuring the Palace of the Governors1 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The turquoise stamp was issued on June 17, 1960. (First-class postage was 5¢ at the time, so you could mail a letter with four of these stamps.)

1. Built in 1610, the Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. I learn something new every day! (It's the remembering that's the problem.)

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