Hi Schmiler,It sure is great to know that you have been on snail mail since 1989! It sure is a long time ago..I can imagine that at that time there wasn’t much technological advancements yet (cellphones, Internet connection, social media, etc), and people (who like to make friends abroad) used to do simple things to pass the time away – talk to the landline telephone, befriend penpals, send postcards, write letters and send them, and many others.I found the flower in your letter here is a Germander Speedwell or Bird’s-eye Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) and it was issued in January 25, 2013. It belongs to a set of 6 with the title name Flowers and Clocks.
Thank you, Kevin! Yes, you are right, there was no technological advancements for collectors to find contacts for swaps in 1989, the only way to do it was to subscribe to printed philatelic bulletins, which published addresses of collectors.