Yesterday I was visiting with a friend and she said she has mailed 25 Christmas Cards to the US. She described the process and is is what I am used to. The post office attendant would weigh the letter, verify the price for the destination, tear off one stamp, pass the envelope and stamp through the window to have the stamp attached to the letter, and then started on the next letter using the same process. This took about 30 minutes to mail these 25 envelopes.
Now the worst part of the story is that not a single Christmas Card reached its destination in the US. I have to assume that since they were Christmas Cards, someone thought there might be a dollar in the card.
I have mailed many letters to the us. Tax returns, letters to lawyers, etc. and everything to this point has made it without a problem. However, I never mail a letter, that is important, without sending it a registered mail. That also slows down the process, since another form has to be filled out, but after I put on the stamps, that the attendant gives me, the attendant puts on the registration number and I drop the mail in the mail box.
Like I said, I have had all mail received by the person I have sent it too. This included the three post cards that I sent for the student’s class project.