четверг, 19 февраля 2009 г.
Cover from Slovenia. Euro cept - letter
On the 19-th of February after 25 (!!! Unbelieveable :( ) days of travelling I got this nice decorated letter with another euro cept stamp. I found the interesting description of the last year seria on the Slovenian post page :
Although the word letter has multiple meanings, most of us think of a written piece of paper, put into an envelope, submitted at the postal office to be sent to an addressee; in case of letters, we are dealing with a special communication between the sender and the addressee.
Communication between individuals is one of the most basic factors of human cultural development. Already centuries ago a need of the communication with the help of mediators has appeared next to the direct communication, since it presented the only way for individuals to connect in a larger area. The long distance communication was accelerated by the invention of writing; the transfer of written messages was already close to our conception of a letter. The first letters were naturally different than the present form. The oldest found letters were clay plates, written with cuneiform and inserted into special wrappers from clay. In the period between 3000 and 1500 B.C., merchants and other accidental carriers transported the letters from the royal court in Mesopotamia to Capadocia (present Turkey). The letters in the following years had the form of plates, coated with wax, papyrus and parchment scrolls, and other objects, which were used to put down and transfer messages.
The development of postal services and the mass manufacturing and use of paper after 1500 brought changes also in the area of letters. The confidentiality of the letter content dictated their form. The initial letters, written on the sheet of paper, were simply sheets of papers, folded in various ways, while the final edges were glued together. In other cases, the folded piece of paper was tied together with a string or band, which had to be torn apart while opening the letter. Various ways of sealing the letters finally brought the conception of the envelope, which presents in most cases a secure way of protecting the message, submitted for the transfer in the public postal organization or private carrier. According to some researchers of postal history, the transition to the use of letter envelopes can be seen in the case of the Mulready's envelopes, which entered the circulation simultaneously with the black penny. This is also the form of the letter, as we know it today.
For centuries the letters presented the most basic long distance communication; however, in the years of the strong development of electronics and the use of the World Wide Web, the letters have been slowly losing its value. However, there is no fear that they would be lost entirely, since for a long time all modern means of communication won't be available to all inhabitants; and above all, the most modern media will never be able to replace the warmth of a hand-written message on a letter paper.
Thank you, Christiaan!