Tuesday, 20 October 2015

You've Got Mail Bombs: Tracking Down The Most Dangerous Letters In The World

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Some stamp collectors are obsessed with first-day covers, while others love fancy cancels, but only a handful of philatelists harbor postal passions that could be described as explosive. You might say Dale Speirs is one such collector - the pieces of postal history that get him excited are parcel and letter bombs.

Not the unexploded variety, of course. Rather, Speirs is interested in evidence of these often fatal forms of philately, such as a mark on a letter verifying it's been 'bomb inspected,' or perhaps an envelope that somehow survived incineration in a mailbox that was intentionally set ablaze.

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