Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Language Of Stamps

Did you know that by putting a stamp on a letter or postcard in a particular way you can send a message to the receiver? The custom is probably as old as the greeting card itself. The new fashion spread rapidly, and after the turn of the century the rules of the language of stamps received their particular chapter in the etiquette books along with the languages of flowers, handkerchiefs and fans.

In many countries the acquisition of the language of stamps was assisted by particular manuals, such as George Bury's 'Cupid's code for the transmission of secret messages by means of the language of postage stamps.'

(via Neatorama)

1 comment(s):

mister anchovy said...

most interesting!