Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011 – Aerogramme

1) Fold first at notches, 2) Second fold, 3) Seal top flap last.

This is what you did with an aerogramme after you had filled it with as much information as possible. Nice tight small handwriting or a typewriter really helped. I found some unused aerogrammes from 1984 today. These were the special ones with an Olympic theme. In those days they cost 30¢. It was the cheapest way to send a lot of information overseas. They were franked with postage and designed to be folded-up, licked and sealed. The backside made it’s own envelope and the rule was you couldn’t put anything in side. In some countries you could buy aerogrammes in stationary stores and affix stamps to them. They were ideal for broke students and also immigrants. It was an inexpensive way to send a letter back home. And, as there were never any additional contents, the mail was not as likely to be stolen in countries with a less than reliable postal service. It all harkens back to the days when receiving a personal letter was a pleasant event. About five years ago the U.S. Postal Service decided to let the current stock run out because there hadn’t been any demand for aerogrammes in many years. I can’t remember the last time I sent an aerogramme, it’s been over 20 years.

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