Stamps February 26, 2006Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
On Saturday we took my parents out to dinner to celebrate their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary. We treated them to a bit of surprise courtesy of Canada Post/Postes Canada. One of the services they offer is the ability to create your own stamp.
Using an excellent photo taken while they were on a cruise last year, we created a stamp using one of the two main templates Canada Post provides. One of the features of the service is that you can not only produce sheets of stamps, you can also create a half page suitable for framing including one stamp. The stamps are valued at the current domestic postage rate in Canada. We thought it was a great way to show them how proud we are of them. For their fiftieth anniversary we received messages from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Ontario, the Governor-General, and even President Bush.
A decade ago, I would have had to write letters to the office of these governmental representatives. Now, with online access, I was able to arrange for letters of recognition from a half dozen dignitaries very easily and quickly. The whole process took less than an hour. The Queen will send letters of recognition on your sixtieth anniversary so we are looking forward to that one.
In the United States, we can arrange for stamps through a private company (stamps.com) working in conjunction with the US Post Office. The cost is about ten dollars more for a sheet of twenty than you would pay for regular stamps at the post office.
Of course, if you were even mildly creative, you could do some decorative printing right on the surface of an envelope and use regular domestic stamps. There is a great deal you can do with a color printer and some decent software like Publisher.