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No problem for your English Janine....it's much better than my French even if it is my second language.
I"m very surprised to hear you're having this stamp problem....in Switzerland of all places! I've received many pieces of mailart from Switzerland and they always arrive with real stamps, not barcodes. Can't you simply purchase the stamps and put them on yourself....at home?
Anyway, thanks for sharing your story.
Je déteste la mécanisation de tout. La poésie est détruite.
Douglas.....I would check out that story from another source....something doesn't ring true here. If you've put sufficient postage on them they should get through (much more awkward things than a vertical postcard make it through all the time) I receive vertical cards from the US all the time (ex: Test Tower, Stan Askew) If the USPS started "trashing" the mail I don't think they'd last very long.....my 2 cents.
The story I received explained that postcards (in my area) are run through a machine that, I'm guessing, verifies postage, etc. As the card goes into the machine, if the axis is vertical, the machine does not identify the presence of the stamp as it is not in the upper right corner. Maybe the vertical cards you have received were hand canceled or maybe they were mailed from a non-machined postal site or maybe I got the story wrong.