Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fun Envelope Facts

  • In the Victorian Era, the placement of a stamp was used as coded messages between young lovers whose parents censored their mail. For instance, an upside down stamp meant “I love you” a diagonal stamp means “I miss you”.
     
  •  When creating printed wedding invitation envelopes, it is proper to spell out house numbers under 20.
     
  • In 19th Century England, the recipient would pay the postage of the envelope. Correspondents figured out a scheme to transmit brief messages through prearranged envelope marking. The recipient would decode the message, then hand it back to the postman, refusing payment. Postage stamps were created in order to put an end to this.
     
  • America’s First Envelopes were handmade. In fact, the West & Berlin factory in New York employed about 100 hand folders in 1855, that produced 200,000 to 250,000 envelopes per day.
     
  • When someone says you are “pushing the envelope”, you are going up to or beyond the boundaries that have been set by engineering limits, or perhaps by social norms and conventions.

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