Tuesday, January 24, 2006


President Festus Mogae of Botswana became the 32nd world leader to honor my request and the second leader to respond from Africa.

The letter was sent under lock and key via registered mail and contains many markings. One of the pen markings sections off the front and back of the envelope into four areas and I can't quite figure out why as I have never seen that done before. Other markings seem to indicate the proper postage required and the date the letter arrived at my post office. (I was not able to figure out what "op 031" means...)

Interestingly, the back of the envelope has three postmarks; from the "circulation branch" of the central Botswana post office in Gaborone, a Botswana sorting center, and from my own post office here in Brooklyn.

Also, the return address on the envelope and enclosed letter bear the address "Private Bag 001." Does anyone have any idea what that means?

Lastly, is there any significance to a letter marked "on Botswana government service"?


Anonymous rbanfield said...

It simply means that the Correspondance is being sent by the government of Botswana

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Tinkerbell said...

"Private Bag 001". This is similar to a Post Office Box, and the Bag generally refers to people who receive large ammounts of mail, normally (surprisingly) the large grey bags of post. There is no need for further address details as these addresses are fairly rare, so Private Bag 001, Botswana is more than enough to get it to it's final location

12:02 PM  

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