A Guide to Vintage Postage Stamp Care

A Guide to Vintage Postage Stamp Care

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SIGNED, SEALED, HAND-CANCELLED, AND DELIVERED


A Guide to Vintage Postage Stamp Care

For the love of snail mail. You've seen them styled on Instagram and in stationery suite photography, but want to know: can I really use vintage stamps to mail letters? The answer is yes! Vintage stamps add personality and style to your save the dates, wedding invitations, love letters or any other mail you're sending.
 
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
 
 
Vintage Postage Stamp Care
 
  • Treat vintage stamps with care. Vintage stamps can be over seventy years old– so handle them with love! Make sure you have clean hands before working with vintage stamps and take care to store them on a flat surface in a safe place out of the sunlight before using them.
  • To adhere vintage stamps to your envelope, we recommend using craft glue with either a Q-tip or small paint brush. Because of their age, many times vintage stamps' adhesive will not work appropriately, and you don't want them falling off in transit. A little glue will go a long way!
  • Use these like any other stamp; although old, they are still valid postage! Just make sure that the stamps add up to the appropriate postage.
  • Head into the post office to send them off, and be sure to request that the stamps be hand-cancelled. Hand-cancelling means that a post office employee will stamp each letter his or herself, rather than the letters being fed through a machine. Other than loving the way stamps look with the traditional hand-cancelled stamping, this step is critical to ensuring safe passage for your stamps. After all, what's better than the human touch!
 
How to Select Your Vintage Postage Stamp Set
 
  • WEIGH YOUR INVITE. First, weigh your invitation before selecting the stamps so that you will know how much postage you need. You may only require one ounce, but you may need two or more depending on how many pieces of paper and accessories you will have in your invitation. If you don't have a way to weigh at home, just take a sample to the post office and ask them to tell you the cost of postage.
  • CHOOSE YOUR STYLE.What colors are prominent in your wedding? What color envelopes will you be using? Will you be having an outdoor wedding? A wedding by the coast? Is your style traditional? Eclectic? The answers to all of these questions will help guide your stamp choice.
  • LAND ON LAYOUT. Select a layout that complements your envelope. If you have a large envelope, considering spreading out the stamps in a line across the top. If your envelope is shorter, consider grouping them to the right side. Make sure to consider stamp layout as you finalize your envelope addressing. If you are having your invitations addressed by hand, be sure to tell your calligrapher the stamp size and layout so that she can leave appropriate space.
 
Current U.S. Postage Costs
 

As of January 2019, U.S. postage fees are as follows:

    • 55 CENTS FOR ONE OUNCE LETTER | common for save the dates, reply envelopes, thank you notes, and for some wedding invitations
    • 15 CENTS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL OUNCE FOR LETTER | wedding invitations will often require two ounces, and sometimes three ounces, of postage. It all depends on what's inside, so if you are including reply envelopes, map cards, detail cards and more, definitely be sure to weigh the letters in advance!
    • HAND-CANCELLING COSTS | It is best to stop by your post office in advance to find out their hand-cancelling policy as this can vary from office to office. Some are very generous with their policies while others can be quite strict. Pending how many letters you have to mail, many post offices will charge an additional cost to hand-cancel. Though not a definitive rule, they often won't charge for what looks like a small handful, or about 25 hand-cancelled letters. We suggest going to mail invitations at off-peak hours, when the post office is slower and tellers have more time to help you with all of your hand-cancelling needs.

 

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For the love of snail mail. You've seen them styled in Instagrams and on stationery suite photography, but want to know: can I really use them? The answer is yes. Vintage stamps add personality and a timelessness to your save the dates, wedding invitations or any other letters you're sending.

For the love of snail mail. You've seen them styled in Instagrams and on stationery suite photography, but want to know: can I really use them? The answer is yes. Vintage stamps add personality and a timelessness to your save the dates, wedding invitations or any other letters you're sending.

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
 
 
Vintage Postage Stamp Care
 
  • Treat vintage stamps with care. Vintage stamps can be over seventy years old– so handle them with love! Make sure you have clean hands before working with vintage stamps and take care to store them on a flat surface in a safe place out of the sunlight before using them.
  • To adhere vintage stamps to your envelope, we recommend using craft glue with either a Q-tip or small paint brush. Because of their age, many times vintage stamps' adhesive will not work appropriately, and you don't want them falling off in transit. A little glue will go a long way!
  • Use these like any other stamp; although old, they are still valid postage! Just make sure that the stamps add up to the appropriate postage.
  • Head into the post office to send them off, and be sure to request that the stamps be hand-cancelled. Hand-cancelling means that a post office employee will stamp each letter his or herself, rather than the letters being fed through a machine. Other than loving the way stamps look with the traditional hand-cancelled stamping, this step is critical to ensuring safe passage for your stamps. After all, what's better than the human touch!
 
How to Select Your Vintage Postage Stamp Set
 
  • WEIGH YOUR INVITE. First, weigh your invitation before selecting the stamps so that you will know how much postage you need. You may only require one ounce, but you may need two or more depending on how many pieces of paper and accessories you will have in your invitation. If you don't have a way to weigh at home, just take a sample to the post office and ask them to tell you the cost of postage.
  • CHOOSE YOUR STYLE.What colors are prominent in your wedding? What color envelopes will you be using? Will you be having an outdoor wedding? A wedding by the coast? Is your style traditional? Eclectic? The answers to all of these questions will help guide your stamp choice.
  • LAND ON LAYOUT. Select a layout that complements your envelope. If you have a large envelope, considering spreading out the stamps in a line across the top. If your envelope is shorter, consider grouping them to the right side. Make sure to consider stamp layout as you finalize your envelope addressing. If you are having your invitations addressed by hand, be sure to tell your calligrapher the stamp size and layout so that she can leave appropriate space.
 
Current U.S. Postage Costs
 

As of January 2019, U.S. postage fees are as follows:

    • 55 CENTS FOR ONE OUNCE LETTER | common for save the dates, reply envelopes, thank you notes, and for some wedding invitations
    • 15 CENTS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL OUNCE FOR LETTER | wedding invitations will often require two ounces, and sometimes three ounces, of postage. It all depends on what's inside, so if you are including reply envelopes, map cards, detail cards and more, definitely be sure to weigh the letters in advance!
    • HAND-CANCELLING COSTS | It is best to stop by your post office in advance to find out their hand-cancelling policy as this can vary from office to office. Some are very generous with their policies while others can be quite strict. Pending how many letters you have to mail, many post offices will charge an additional cost to hand-cancel. Though not a definitive rule, they often won't charge for what looks like a small handful, or about 25 hand-cancelled letters. We suggest going to mail invitations at off-peak hours, when the post office is slower and tellers have more time to help you with all of your hand-cancelling needs.

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HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
 
 
Vintage Postage Stamp Care
 
  • Treat vintage stamps with care. Vintage stamps can be over seventy years old– so handle them with love! Make sure you have clean hands before working with vintage stamps and take care to store them on a flat surface in a safe place out of the sunlight before using them.
  • To adhere vintage stamps to your envelope, we recommend using craft glue with either a Q-tip or small paint brush. Because of their age, many times vintage stamps' adhesive will not work appropriately, and you don't want them falling off in transit. A little glue will go a long way!
  • Use these like any other stamp; although old, they are still valid postage! Just make sure that the stamps add up to the appropriate postage.
  • Head into the post office to send them off, and be sure to request that the stamps be hand-cancelled. Hand-cancelling means that a post office employee will stamp each letter his or herself, rather than the letters being fed through a machine. Other than loving the way stamps look with the traditional hand-cancelled stamping, this step is critical to ensuring safe passage for your stamps. After all, what's better than the human touch!
 
How to Select Your Vintage Postage Stamp Set
 
  • WEIGH YOUR INVITE. First, weigh your invitation before selecting the stamps so that you will know how much postage you need. You may only require one ounce, but you may need two or more depending on how many pieces of paper and accessories you will have in your invitation. If you don't have a way to weigh at home, just take a sample to the post office and ask them to tell you the cost of postage.
  • CHOOSE YOUR STYLE.What colors are prominent in your wedding? What color envelopes will you be using? Will you be having an outdoor wedding? A wedding by the coast? Is your style traditional? Eclectic? The answers to all of these questions will help guide your stamp choice.
  • LAND ON LAYOUT. Select a layout that complements your envelope. If you have a large envelope, considering spreading out the stamps in a line across the top. If your envelope is shorter, consider grouping them to the right side. Make sure to consider stamp layout as you finalize your envelope addressing. If you are having your invitations addressed by hand, be sure to tell your calligrapher the stamp size and layout so that she can leave appropriate space.
 
Current U.S. Postage Costs
 

As of January 2019, U.S. postage fees are as follows:

    • 55 CENTS FOR ONE OUNCE LETTER | common for save the dates, reply envelopes, thank you notes, and for some wedding invitations
    • 15 CENTS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL OUNCE FOR LETTER | wedding invitations will often require two ounces, and sometimes three ounces, of postage. It all depends on what's inside, so if you are including reply envelopes, map cards, detail cards and more, definitely be sure to weigh the letters in advance!
    • HAND-CANCELLING COSTS | It is best to stop by your post office in advance to find out their hand-cancelling policy as this can vary from office to office. Some are very generous with their policies while others can be quite strict. Pending how many letters you have to mail, many post offices will charge an additional cost to hand-cancel. Though not a definitive rule, they often won't charge for what looks like a small handful, or about 25 hand-cancelled letters. We suggest going to mail invitations at off-peak hours, when the post office is slower and tellers have more time to help you with all of your hand-cancelling needs.

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