Monday, April 24, 2006

Decontaminated postal items

According to the Jerusalem Post, a unique collection of stamps and other postal materials that underwent decontamination to prevent the spread of anthrax, the Black Plague, cholera and other diseases will be on display at the Jerusalem International Conference Center, May 8 - 11.

The collection belongs to Dr. Hedy Feivel, whose items (including a letter sent from Venice in 1459) survived spraying with vinegar, ironing and other attempts at decontamination.

Organized by the Israel Postal Company's Philatelic Service and the Israel Philatelic Society, collections are being brought from the U.S., Sweden, Denmark and Greece, and other countries.

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on biological agents and the mail, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM