Mail in the museum, part 4

One of my favorite places in the national open air museum Arnhem is Dingenliefde. In this exhibition room, you can find collections of people like me and you. This time there was a collection of piggybanks.  When I looked at them, I found a couple of piggybanks that are shaped like a mailbox! How nice is that. I would love to have a piggybank like that, so that I can safe some money to buy stamps and other things for letter writing!

Piggybank 1Piggybank 2

The language of the stamp

At the end of the 19th centaury a new language has developed: the language of the stamp! The language of the stamp finds its history in Germany. And soon it was spread all over Europe. But how does this language work? The way you put the stamp on the envelop means something. But not everybody knew the meaning of this language. But there is a solution for everything! Postcard publisher made special cards with the meaning of the stamp language! Mostly the hidden message was love-related. There was one big problem. Every country had its own language, so there were many love stories with an unhappy end, because the received didn’t know the meaning of the stamps. Another way to sent each other secret messages was to write something under the stamp. I wondering if people still use the secret language of the stamp or write a hidden message under the stamp!

Stamp language