Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Many Uses of Stamps

While surfing around I came across an old article about the many uses of a postage stamp that appeared on Malasyia's Star Online website back in 2006.

It leads with, "A postage stamp began as a small piece of paper, carrying a monetary value on it to acts as a prepaid factor for postal services rendered.
Over a period of time, the original function of a contract between the customer and post office has been diverted to other functions with additional roles, usually acting for government transactions, eg. to seal agreements, contracts, property sales, rental, money lending, etc."

Some other purposes the anonymous author came up with...
  • Brand image of the postal administration

  • Celebrating images of the country

  • Promotional images of the postal services

  • Government marketing tools

  • Imaged paper ambassadors, representing the country of origin

  • Souvenirs for tourists.
Can you think of some other purposes that weren't covered? Things like covering your bedroom wall, as Christmas gifts and using for craft projects like the one shown above.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM