Postage stamp  

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"Stamps can be obtained at any receiving house. The place where the letters directed to the General Post Office (Poste Restante) open 8 A.M. to 7 P.M. are delivered is hot, dirty, crowded, and inconvenient; letters should if possible be addressed to some hotel or to the care of a friend or banker. Letters sent to the Post Restante will be given out to any one who presents the passport of the person to whom they are directed; they are not usually delivered without the passport. "--Handbook for Visitors to Paris (1879) John Murray

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A postage stamp is adhesive paper evidence of a fee paid for postal services. Usually a small rectangle attached to an envelope, the stamp signifies the person sending it has fully or partly paid for delivery. Postage stamps are the most popular way of paying for retail mail; alternatives include postal stationery such as prepaid-postage envelopes, post cards, lettercards, aerogrammes and newspaper wrappers in addition to printed postal impressions and postage meters. The study of postage stamps is called philately. Stamp collecting is a hobby.

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