Friday, January 19, 2018

Par Avion

Posting a letter is probably close to unimaginable to young people. Deciding whether it should go by sea or air, or Air Surface Lifted must also be unimaginable. Australia hasn't used ASL for many years. Japan and the US still do.

In the ongoing battle between English and French, the words Air Mail is now dominant on our post office stickers to stick to a letter or card and no longer the larger print French, Par Avion. It is a hollow victory though. The bloke at the post office told R that it is no longer necessary to affix such a label. Everything in Australia to the rest of the world goes by air. What a pity mail seems to take so much longer to go by air. Note the Southern Cross star constellation on the sticker, which is also on the Australian flag.



During the great wardrobe clean out, that I have yet to post about, this sticker fell out of the New Zealand travel bag, an NZ air mail sticker. Isn't it way cool.


If you don't quite get it, here is a photo from Wikipedia of a New Zealand Kiwi bird.

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  1. I wouldn't have figured it out! Love it!

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    1. Sandra, I really wouldn't expect non Oceanic people to get it.

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  2. Love the NZ air mail sticker. I too was told that they are no longer necessary. And a parcel I posted to the UK in early December has not arrived. Perhaps a Kiwi is carrying it.

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    1. EC, yes, they being flightless would mean a very slow trip. We are approaching the end of January. That is a disgrace.

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  3. Anonymous8:58 am

    Nothing to do with airmail. During our time in your fair city, what tram routes should we travel as a tourist experience? Advice please. By the way, I'm a Pom but a long way back. Roderick

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    1. Roderick, it's my pleasure to offer you these I have prepared earlier. http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/seeing-melbourne-by-train-and-tram-for.html

      http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/seeing-melbourne-by-train-and-tram-for_12.html

      This one is overly complicated and quite out of date.

      http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/catching-melbourne-tram.html

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  4. I needed the photo to work that out.

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    1. Marie, given it is not even our bird, I wonder if most Australians would know.

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  5. Ahhh, well I remember the umpteen letters arriving to mum with those Par Avion stickers announcing that one of her umpteen co-prolific letter writers had saved their pennies to bundle tissue-like paper into the envelope to pass on gossip.
    Love the Kiwi shaped NZ one - NZ has always been ahead of us in embracing the Kiwi shape into many official thingies, unlike us who, apparently, are unable to decide between our plethora of fauna and fall back on ...stuff.

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  6. Jayne, isn't that kind of what we do with blogs at times. I think likening blog mates to pen pals is valid enough. You obviously remember the terribly thin air mail letter paper. Perhaps we have too much stuff. Better to have less and utilise it well.

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  7. Your kiwi bird beak remind me of our killdeer bird here. Although there sure not hairy at all.
    I find stamps interesting. I haven't sent a letter out of country for while. Last time it was slightly over $1.00 our postage just went up a penny.

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    1. Dora, that price is not bad. I think our price is approaching $2 now.

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  8. I too needed the photo to get the idea - it's obvious now.

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    1. Margaret, once you know, yes.

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  9. I like the NZ airmail sticker, I had no idea that would be the kiwi bird.
    I don't send many letters, but find Australian postage very expensive. I've been collecting stamps since my early teens but find that nowadays not many people post mail or use stamps, as Post offices now sell self-stamped envelopes.

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    1. Sami, wouldn't you think when the price went up so much that service would improve. The opposite happened. I had a small stamp collection when I was young. Not sure why happened to it. A couple of years ago I collected first day covers until I filled a photo album then I stopped.

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  10. Our local Post Office, which apparently is privately owned, or so I'm told, doesn't even carry those stickers anymore. I heard one of the assistants say so to an older woman who wanted one to send a letter to Europe. Another thing is the very thin paper and envelopes so the overseas mail didn't weigh too much, that's gone now.

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    1. River, I don't think our post offices do either. The line now between private and official post offices is very blurred. It seems strange that a different price was paid to post that thin paper to normal writing paper.

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  11. You have beaten me to a posting (blog). I've been clearing out too!

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    1. Cro, I like that, clearing out.

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  12. I love the kiwi on the old NZ airmail sticker too!

    And yes, overseas mail seems to take a ridiculously long time. I posted a Christmas card to my son and DIL in Mauritius in late November but they didn't get it until well after Christmas.

    And speaking of kiwis, anyone else remember the amusing cartoon flag or poster (I forget which - it was years ago now) being held up at the cricket? It clearly depicted a kiwi being, ah, "held" in front of a roo. Mongrel coppers confiscated it.

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    1. Rozzie, Mauritius is a fair distance and kangaroos are slow swimmers. You expect too much.

      I have no idea about flag or poster. It sounds amusing.

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  13. Here in France, "par avion" was dumped long ago in favor of "prioritaire." Now, even that is no longer used as everything goes by air.

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    1. Walt, I assume that translates as priority, which seems strange unless you are paying extra.

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  14. Kiwis are such a cute shape! I remember going to this park in NZ to see a Kiwi - they come out at night so the enclosure was dark and this guy on a speaker would whisper "its over there in the corner" LOL ... he was there too !!!

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    1. Lady J, I can't remember seeing one in NZ. Moonlight Sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula is a great place.

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  15. I am here, Andrew....I'm not really missing in inaction! I intended catching up on your previous posts...in the morning.

    I have no idea where this week has flown by to...if you see it passing by, harness it...and return it to me, please! :)

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    1. Lee, you have a life outside the blog world? There is not much to write about if you don't. :)

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  16. I don't use the mail service at all anymore. It's per phone or per mail, or personally. On our mail there is nothing written anymore because the mail goes anyway per mail or par avion, lol !

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    1. Gattina, I have never heard of per mail, but it means email apparently. Interesting. What about family birthday cards or Christmas cards?

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  17. I'm a wee bit cross with Australia Mail right now Andrew 😊 I posted a birthday card to Dave in Sydney a last week, a full week before his birthday, he got it three days after his birthday! Before you ask, yes it did have more than enough stampage on it 😀 Yes the NZ airmail sticker is definitely way cool.. also almost ready to clear out wardrobe, must be a new year thing! Prepare yourself for another dolphin or two 😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, that is disgraceful. This long delivery time has become the standard. Our mail service is not even close to reliable. About to check out dolphins next.

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  18. Anonymous5:03 am

    Andrew. Back again about trams. Why no mention of No. 36, for tourists? Which station(s) do the trains to Hurstbridge and Sandringham start from? Otherwise thanks. Roderick

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    1. Roderick, there isn't a tram 36. I am guessing you mean 35, the free City Circle tram. Yes, that is quite a good way to see some of Melbourne and get to some places. It can be crowded at times, so if you see a lot of people waiting at a stop, perhaps catch one going the other way. All suburban trains leave from Flinders Street Station, with some using the underground loop and some not.

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  19. I once had a young co-worker aske me how to address an elvelope.

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    1. Jackie, I am not surprised. We just received an invitation from our middle niece and she clearly did not know.

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