I have many old books in my house, collected from second hand shops, flea markets and church fêtes over the years. Today the Minion discovered this in a dusty old copy of Black Beauty (publication date unknown)…

It seems pretty old. I wonder how it made it all the way across the Atlantic.

Was it a love letter from a soldier to his sweetheart back home?

A letter to a little girl from her pen-pal on the other side of the world?

A secret missive smuggled across the ocean in a children’s book?

Okay, okay. That third one wouldn’t require a stamp. But still. If this stamp could talk, I wonder what tale it would tell.

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4 thoughts on “Letter

  1. For whatever it’s worth, when I was a kid (that’s in 300 B.C.), a domestic letter took a 3-cent stamp. A postcard took, I think, a 1-cent stamp. I never sent anything abroad, so I can’t tell you how much that cost. I don’t remember seeing a 4-cent stamp (probably because I never sent anything abroad), but it looks familiar anyway.

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    1. I wonder if anything still costs 3 cents these days. Not in South Africa, for sure – our smallest denomination is a ten cent coin. All non-round values once you get to checkout are simply rounded down.


      1. Supposedly it’s a psychological thing – people are fine with paying 9.99 for something, but completely balk at the thought of paying {insert currency of choice} 10. Which is ironic since we usually round up the price in our heads when, say, calculating the total in our heads in any case. Or maybe it’s just me that does that 🙂


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