Well, remember these stamps from about ten years ago? I recently discovered that I had set a couple of still-in-the-wrapper sheets of them aside, apparently in the surprisingly naive belief that they might accrue value during my lifetime. (Unless you started in the Nineteenth Century, it's pretty much true what they say: philately will get you nowhere.)
With the postcard rate recently having risen to within a nickel of the face value of these puppies, it has become more economical to use them as postcard stamps than to fret over supplemental stamps to get them up to first-class value. And that is the genesis of this idea:
I am going to use each of these stamps to send a postcard to someone in its appropriate state!!!Yes, this kind of thing is my idea of a good time. Don't judge me.
I'm purging the collection, frankly. The cards I selected are the ones I'm tired of looking at and can't really imagine having an excuse to send otherwise. They are mostly boring, but not boring in an interesting way, or are surplus cards from trips of the past. These are basically the cards I'm tired of looking at.
Oh, plus for some reason I felt moved to make a few postcards out of a cereal box I used up this morning.
So anyway, fifty postcards!
And then I went through and put the stamps on them in determinedly random order.
"So what do ~I~ do, again?" you ask
YOUR job is to indicate your willingness to be the postcard recipient for your state! You can do this in the comments, or if you don't want to publish your address for all and sundry to see, you can contact me at my gmail account, which has exactly the address you would expect a guy named "Michael5000" to have.
What if I want a postcard, but my state has already been claimed? Well, I actually have another sheet of these stamps with only "Oregon" and "Ohio" used, so you can play too.
What if I'm, say, FROM Kentucky but live in New Jersey now? Sorry, the New Jersey stamp has to go to a New Jersey address. Rules are rules; without them we are no better than animals.
But... but... I am not currently resident in one of the Unitedstatsian states! The L&TM5K is all about international brotherandsisterhood. If you want a postcard, just say the word. Unless something weird happens and this goes all viral, I should be able to accommodate all comers.
And I get what? A postcard with a cheery greeting, a note of gratitude for reading my blog, and perhaps an anecdote about how the postcard was acquired.
Happy Blog Anniversary Week to Me, AmIRight?