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Posted 06/19/2019   4:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Ringo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
We received this today.

If it's postal stationery, it's doing a good job of disguising itself. There's no stamp and no recognisable marking to show it's pre-paid.



I assume that what appears to be a rubber stamp is just that.



Is this what it's come to? Is this pre-paid, and are stamps just no longer required?
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United States
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Posted 06/19/2019   4:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
P.P. Swiss Post indicates that postage was paid.
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Posted 06/19/2019   4:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, postage was paid, but who was this addressed to ?

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Posted 06/19/2019   4:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good point Peter. Perhaps Ringo removed the addressee.

It looks like "hotel mail" where the hotel collected the money, marked the pieces, and delivered the day's mail to the post office for a per piece fee.

The Swiss postal system (Die Post) is very involved in these operations.
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Edited by bookbndrbob - 06/19/2019 4:43 pm
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Posted 06/19/2019   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BBBob, You are correct - the Swiss have some very different and convenient ways of sending ones mail


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Posted 06/19/2019   4:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ringo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I did blank out the names and the address!

The PP is on what looks like a rubber stamp mark, a bit like a cancel. So what happens? You buy the postcard, then it's rubber-stamped and no postage stamp is ever needed?
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Posted 06/19/2019   5:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I believe this is a service especially for tourists. They can drop off their mail at a hotel, or a kiosk somewhere. The mail is then taken to the postal service who then cancel it as shown. As I understand it, this is only done in larger post offices.


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Posted 06/19/2019   5:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ringo, I believe you pay the clerk at the snack/magazine/postcard counter. The rate is typically a few cents less than the country's national postal service rate.

I'm guessing that a "Die Post" contract worker has a route and collects cards and letters from the various hotels, museums, tourist shops on a regular schedule.
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