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I grew up in a time when computers, the Internet, text messaging and all of the other impersonal technology we use today was non-existent. This means I remember the good ole days of hand-written letters and cards, and I continue to believe they are more special and meaningful than typed messages or electronic greeting cards. During my recent visit to Maine, I discovered something wonderful! The U.S. Post Office introduced a "Global" stamp, which can be purchased for only $1.10 USD. The stamp can be placed on any postcard or letter weighing up to 1 ounce and it covers the mailing cost to any country worldwide. This means you no longer have to guess about the cost differences to mail a postcard to France, Russia or Asia. With this stamp, the cost is the same no matter the country. Convenient. :) The designs on the stamp vary, but all of them contain colorful images of the globe. Btw, you will remember that a few years ago I had a fun contest with one of my readers where we sent packages to each other on the same day. It took Russian Post five weeks to deliver my book to her in Moscow, and I received my book in the USA in only three weeks.

I'm sure many of you recognize the book I'm holding. :) So many stamps on the Russian package! Has Russian Post improved over the years, or modernized its equipment? You will recall that when I was in Maine, I offered to send postcards to some readers. I sent cards to everyone who responded on the day the post was published. I know at least one person who lives in the U.S. has already received my card. How about my Russian readers? Have any of you received my postcard from Maine? They were mailed over two weeks ago to different cities, including Moscow, Vladimir, Samara and one was sent all the way to New Zealand! I hope they don't get lost and eventually make their way into your hands!
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I don't think many people, especially the younger generation, send post cards or hand-written letters anymore. This makes me sad, but our culture is now programmed to expect instantaneous gratification and response on all levels, and this sadly includes interpersonal and romantic communications. However, if you ever visit the U.S., be sure to use this "Global" stamp if you decide to send postcards to your friends overseas! I'm sure they will be happy to receive your surprise in the mail! And the best things in life are worth the wait! :)

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real_marsel
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
I adore stamps and sending post cards and paper letters.

Edited at 2015-09-02 05:26 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's unusual for a younger person. Most of my young cousins have never received or written a postcard in their lifetime. They're too busy texting each other, even when they're sitting in the same room. I will never understand this strange behavior! I think future generations are doomed when it comes to social skills and the ability to communicate in real life settings. And I can say the same about the dating world. Some people can communicate fine electronically, but then you meet them in person and they have no social or conversation skills.
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stasya_lerkina
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)

I'm postcrossing maniac :)
Please let me know your address and I'll send you belorussian postcard :)

peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, cool! I will send it to you in a private message. :)
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bloger_d
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
If a British girl gets a tramp stamp at 18, does it mean she's promiscuous?
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. :) I also have a tramp stamp, but I got it in my early 20's. And I'm definitely not promiscuous!
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peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe! The only way to know is to ask her!
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oblomius
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
Букварь)) I had this ABC-book

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peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think all Soviet children had this book! :)
qi_tronic
Sep. 2nd, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Snail mail? NO!

It was so boring to write an address by hand and stick all these stamps.
I hate writing.
Also Soviet post offices traditionally had only dip pens (!).

Mail now is only for receiving goods from foreign internet shops.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
In the U.S., it's not "snail mail." Usually, something mailed from the West Coast arrives to me in 3 - 5 days. And now you only need ONE stamp. Don't be lazy! :) It's nice to receive surprises in the mail! Do most major e-tailers (like Amazon and eBay) ship to Russia?
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sergechel
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
I did some purchases on ebay in the beginning of august, it took about 5 days to deliver them from China to Moscow, and they still on the way from Moscow to my town. Russian Post is sooo slow.

Russian envelopes usually got a post stamp already printed on the paper.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
This would drive me crazy! But you are probably accustomed to living with such inefficiencies in service.
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elena_88888
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
I also grew up with books and without internet. I started to use in the 90th. And I liked mailing and epistolary genre a lot. To such extent that one of my mails was published in a magazine and I received a lot of mails from different corners of the Soviet Union... I still keep one of this friends - we never met with her, we lost each other when USSR destroyed and 8 years ago we again found each other and are again in contact)))
And that time we had stamps for air mail (overseas), air mail (within country), landed... with different price. And as far as I remember if it wasn't a small parcel, then there used stamps of the same value. We even had envelopes with stamps not glued on but printed on them...
Btw, the photo with the Russian ABC-book was made in mirror :)))
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
I remember these international pen pal programs! I was also involved in them, and my family hosted foreign exchange students one year from France. It was great! Except my parents were surprised when a very "manly" teenage boy arrived at our house. He was so handsome! :)) I think they were expecting a female, and were a bit concerned that a teenage boy would be living with their daughters for over a month. I can't understand the current generation, or their need to constantly be in contact with each other electronically or via text to discuss mundane things. I guess I'm just anti-social. Btw, yes! The photos was taken in a mirror in my old apartment. It was in summer time and very humid, that's why my curly hair is so wild. :))
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yarowind
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
>>I'm sure many of you recognize the book I'm holding. :)

Sure, it's my first student"s book:)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
I like it! It's very cute and the illustrations are fun.
suflekrem
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
I have a box with letters and cards from my friends and sister, and granny.
It`s very important for me. Electronic greeting cards\letters have`nt soul.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
I agree! I also have a box filled with postcards, handwritten notes, etc. I guess I'm just a sentimental person, because such things are very meaningful to me.
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nkhaba
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996, my parents stayed back in Russia and I used to call them every week, and every time my mom would remind me that I should write and send them a "proper" letter, and when I asked what she expected to read in a letter that I had not already told her over the phone, she would say that a letter is still better even if nothing new was there, because she can always re-read it any time :-)

Now my mom lives with me and communicates with her friends and relatives in Russia mostly over the phone and with some of the younger ones she can use Skype, but nonetheless she still sends them birthday postcards and is always looking forward to receiving letters/postcards from them for her own birthday. And she gets very excited when she receives letters (usually a few weeks later than her birthday :-)

I guess, for some people all the new and fancy gadgets can never replace those old-fashioned letters written on paper and carefully placed into an envelope with a stamp :-)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I agree with your mom! :) It's nice to go back and read the cards and letters, and I definitely think there are a lot of negative aspects to all of these fancy gadgets. But, I'm old. :) It takes more effort to hand-write a note, mail it, etc., so it just means more to me. Of course, I also use Skype to have video calls with friends overseas. But I almost always send birthday and holiday cards in the mail. It's great your mom can now live here with you in the U.S.! It would be very hard for me to be so far away from my parents.
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rider3099
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
I always use the same stamp while sending postcards to my friends abroad )))
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Usually I'm mailing postcards from other countries, not the USA. :) So this was the first time I used this stamp, but it's great! Before I had to always wait in life to determine postage costs for each country. Now that problem is avoided. America - a country of convenience. :)
kremlin_curant
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
From one time on I'm reluctant to give my address online to the people from the Russia doesn't matter how friendly he/she sounds like.
Around 10 years ago one guy who sounded very friendly asked for my address for purportedly to send me a set of Russian vodka. I did give him it, but after he just stopped to talk to me.
Once upon a time another guy who hated me started blackmailing me after first guy befriended him claiming he knows where I live and if I didn't stop to post against Russia he will fly to NYC and kill me.
Of course I only smirked on him, but since then I've never revealed my identity on line.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's smart not to disclose your identity or address. That's why I didn't make my readers' addresses available for all to see in the comments to that post. Of course, I could be a crazy person but I'm not. I promise. :) It's very hard to maintain privacy in the Internet age. Even though my old address was supposed to be private, I found it online at whitepages.com. They gather information from a lot of sources, so although I had a blocked telephone number, they probably got my address from a store or credit card I use. It's a pity. It's necessary to be secure and safe, especially for a woman who lives alone. Now I have roommates, so I feel safer. But I don't want my address displayed for the whole world to see. The Russian mafia might come after me next time I write negative impressions about the country. :)
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lin_j
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for heads up! I use 2 forever stamps when I need to send a postcard to Russia, but universal stamp is a great idea. Will buy it when I finish my Batman Forever stamps sheet =)
peacetraveler22
Sep. 2nd, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
And one stamp takes up less space on tiny postcards. :) I've never seen the Batman stamp. My nephew would love that!
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aavenger
Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:09 am (UTC)
Still have a plenty of old letters and postcards left from good old times... pity having no time to sit and re-read them to revive memories of the past: writing stories of life and fiction, playing chess and many other interesting things - even talking about new computers and games and programs (yes, IBM XT/AT were born in 80s, and the USSR was buying them) :)))
peacetraveler22
Sep. 3rd, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's amazing how technology has changed the world in such a short period of time. The manner in which people communicate now is completely different than when I was a teenager and in my 20's.
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