Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Peace Corps then and now

I just received my Peace Corps medical kit in the mail today. It includes a bunch of paperwork I need to have completed by a doctor and dentist. Talk about a boat load of tests! I've got to be tested for all sorts of stuff. Fortunately, I'm not over 50, so I at least get to skip the prostate exam. Phew!

Anyhow, while looking for some medical records in my filing cabinet, I noticed I had a folder labeled "Peace Corps". It turns out it contains the original documentation and application for the program that I sent away for back when I was in college! I was surprised I still held on to it.

Here's a snapshot of the current envelop I just received, overlaid on top of the one from 1989.

And here's a close-up of the postmark from the original.

That's March 14, 1989. Hey, it just took me 19 years to finally get around to completing the application.

On another side note, I found it interesting that postage hasn't increased much in the last 19 years. The original parcel cost $1.25 to ship. My recent Peace Corps information packet (not this larger medical one) only cost $1.48. That's only an 18% increase over 19 years.