Stamp semaphore as early emoticons

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21 Responses to “Stamp semaphore as early emoticons”

  1. Teller says:

    No stamp: Return to me.

  2. Alpacaman says:

    It seems that there is no way to put a stamp on a letter without somehow professing your undying love for the recipient. My student loan applications just got a whole lot more awkward, apparently.

  3. technogeekagain says:

    This doesn’t match the conventions I learned as a kid (eg, upside down was supposed to mean “love”). Which reinforces the point that codes don’t work unless both sides have the same codebook.

  4. Faith Chihil says:

    My dad used to place his stamps to family and friends upside-down, according to him it meant “Love.”

  5. AA says:

    Pitty you can’t (readily) do something similar with avatars :-)

  6. AncientScot says:

    Great.  Now the Postman knows everything.

  7. Bodhipaksa says:

    Dang. I just declared undying love to my gas company.

  8. pjcamp says:

    Damn! I’ve been hitting on a buttload of people over the last 50 years.

  9. Way back in the 20th century, my best friend and I would buy one of those spiral notebooks, fill the entire thing up with a letter, and send the whole thing off in the mails. I wonder if any kids still do such things?

    • Andrew Singleton says:

      Me and a friend did that with floppies and a dead drop.

      Though I suppose that’s more like Sneakernet. Not that we were swapping cracked games or the like. We were just being silly.

  10. sockdoll says:

    Which one says “I’m not very good at lining up the edges of the stamp with the edges of the envelope?”

  11. slowtiger says:

    I remember a short story from maybe first half of 20th century which revolved entirely about a letter with a proposal which arrived without stamp, which meant “everything inside is null”. The man arrived at his bride’s family only to meet boiling hostility.

  12. nemryn says:

    What’s the code for ‘Here is a letter for you’?

  13. CaptainPedge says:

    Where do I put the stamp on my emails?

  14. tom says:

    In Britain it is illegal to put a stamp on a letter upside down, as it is defacing the image of the Queen, which is technically treason.

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