Unidentified Stamp
July 4th, 2008 by Jessica

When I was a little girl I used to collect stamps.  I would go to the stamp shows at the mall and buy hundreds of stamps in a bulk envelope, most of them postmarked.  Then I would go through my huge stamp album and see which ones I still needed from dozens of different countries.  I would carefully cut hinges to size and adhere them to the pages.

After about five years or so, I got tired of stamp collecting.  I sold my huge stamp binder and all of my accessories to my dad’s girlfriend, Noreen.  I regretted it almost immediately, but didn’t bother to ask her if I could buy it back.  I’m guessing she gave it away at some point over the years.

One stamp survived the sale.  A single holdout – my favorite stamp.  It’s not quite a stamp, or at least, it’s not sticky on the back.  It’s very thin and translucent. 

It was not in my stamp book, and I could never identify the country or language on it.  It clearly says 1949 and 3.00 although I don’t know the currency.  If anyone out there can help me to identify any of the markings, such as the language or countries pictured, please let me know!


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