Post by mourningdoves on Apr 23, 2019 15:11:32 GMT -5
Don't take this as 100% reliable truth, but Global Postal Service is a private postal system that originated in Italy. I believe they came along during my Postcrossing days several years ago. At that point, Poste Italiane was borderline dysfunctional - it's still one of the more frequently "won't ship there" places on eBay - and a market existed for an alternative. (I never got any Global stamps in Postcrossing.)
The earliest I ever heard of Global Postal Service was that they started up in tourist areas, and if you went into a souvenir stand or newsstand and bought some postcards, you could also get some Global Postal Service stamps. If you were lucky, the newsstand guy would explain what they were and where to use them; the system was completely separate from Poste Italiane, and they didn't use the same mailboxes. I'm not even sure if Global will - or is allowed to - handle mail within Italy.
In theory, at least, the postcards would be moved across the border, to Austria or Switzerland, and mailed from there. (That's the part where my memory gets fuzzy.) In practice, maildrops (they used completely separate mailboxes from Poste Italiane) were hard to come by, and the delivery rate was sketchy at best. I saw some people on TripAdvisor ranting about postcards never showing up, or showing up after 4 months, or whatever. But those rants were old, and I can hardly find a thing about them since, pro or con.
Maybe your Austrian friend can explain more: how he/she got a Global stamp, where it needed to be mailed, why (and if) it's better than Austria Post, &c. I, for one, would be interested.
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