Crack the code to send a letter | Stamps

When it comes to preparing stamps for the future, Royal Mail is missing a tip (“Eventually it will just be a barcode, right?” Why new UK stamps are causing outrage and wrath, July 4). In Germany there is a system where you ask for an eight-digit alphanumeric code to be written on your letter instead of a stamp. It costs as much as a regular stamp, but of course you don’t have to leave home to buy a stamp at a branch, possibly with restricted opening hours that coincide with your working hours or you can only reach by car.

While I agree that written codes are worthless to stamp collectors, they are a godsend to anyone who has to send urgent documents and who writes letters far too irregularly to buy a whole set of stamps.
Catherine Fritsch
Brandenburg, Germany

Thank you for alerting me to the existence of the Handwritten Letter Appreciation Society. I certainly still use stamps, as I write many letters and cards, including at least 80 Christmas cards with letters attached. And I like receiving them just as much. I will apply to join the company immediately!
Jeanne Gregoire
Emsworth, Hampshire

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