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Donovan Beeson
Chicago, IL
Craft Engineer & Co-Founder of the Letter Writers Alliance
Interests: comic books, maps, office supplies, mail, religious iconography, paper goods
Recent Activity
The Postal Museum reopens in its new location featuring Mail Rail on next Friday, July 28th. They've released online ticket sales. Get 'em while they're fresh. Go! And then send me detailed reports! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
I agree that Jafar is a grave omission, but I think Prince John is argued against because theres Scar and two lions is too many.
No gimmick stamps this month, folks; just straight up awesomeness all-around. I have ordered some of each of these releases. The Disney Villains are gonna look great on Halloween mail this year, for sure. Can't wait to do some summer... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
If you were following along on Instagram, you'll have noticed that Kathy & I got up to all kinds of fun in Los Angeles after our anniversary party. One of the things we did was explore the Wizarding World of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
I'll be at Read/Write Library tomorrow, Saturday July 15th from 2PM - 4PM, sending out postcards and notes for our July action with Stamp Out Hate. I'll have free stickers and postcards and will supply postage for cards written at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
February is gone. April is a memory. But our letter writing will not stop! The Mail More Love mission marches onwards. I'm a happy subscriber, but there's also themed packages to buy as well as the automatic mailings. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
L.W.A. member and Esperantist Benjamin sent us this project and it is exactly the sort of thing that excites me. How many L.W.A. members are also Esperanto enthusiasts? Let's find out! Happy writing. Plu skribu leterojn! Saluton, Leteramantaj Amikoj! La... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
We had a blast with our lovely friends and members at Greer in Chicago last Thursday night. Thanks to everyone who came! Thanks to all 12000+ of you who are our valued members. It has been a month of sheer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Patriotism wow, you guys. U.S.A. members, we hope you have a lovely holiday! Everyone else, have a happy day too. There's some thematically appropriate downloadable stationery available if you are so inclined. Enjoy your barbecues, picnics, pool parties, and fireworks! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Ana from Postcrossing, a perennial favorite of ours here at L.W.A.H.Q., has sent over the information on a really wonderful project just launched at Kickstarter. Harald Geisler is a typographer and has been creating projects from making fonts out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Thank you everyone! Kathy and I are still a little bewildered with love and pride and such gratitude for all of our members. The party at Paper Pastries was a huge success. Margaret is a fantastic host and that cake... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Since Kathy and I are traveling today, let's talk about airport mailboxes. Some time ago, I had posted to a site that let you identify the locations of mailboxes at various airports around the world. Sadly, that site seems to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Happy Anniversary L.W.A.! You're 10! In your honor, we've had enamel pins made of our proud crest. The pins are bright white, blue, and yellow, with the name encircling our crossed quills logo. Each is one inch round and comes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
L.W.A. member (and librarian!) Brita sent us this lovely electronic note: Just wanted to make sure you'd seen the profile of Tara Murray of the American Philatelic Research Library on the last page of the June 2017 issue of American... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
PaperSource vellum and metallic text weight papers. They were just randomly around my studio.
Not a lot to talk about in June for stamps, but this is a case of quality over quantity. We've already told you about just how freakin' cool the thermochromic stamp commemorating the total eclipse is. It's almost here. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
L.W.A. member Terri Beth sent us this link to a crowd-sourced project hosted by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. They used Facebook for help with transcribing and decrypting the handwriting in their digitized postcard collection. You can see the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
It's been 10 years since Kathy and I started the Letter Writers Alliance. 10 years, over 12,000 members and who knows how many letters. We've got the parties all set, but in case you can't make it to Chicago or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
The Postal Museum has an interesting photo essay up that chronicles the journey of a package through their sorting system circa 1960. I just love seeing all the old bags and bins with their neat labels. I also love seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
No artistamp is truly complete without an accompanying pseudo-cancellation. This is the first one I've ever designed and I'm mighty chuffed about it. I'm ready to stamp ALL THE THINGS! That means I'd love to stamp your things too. Mind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT. I love putting them together!
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2017 on R.S.V.P. Pigeon Fancier at Letter Writers Alliance
P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust is the result of a longterm letter writing project between a class of 8th grade students from little village, and high school sophomores from Andersonville. Join 826CHI and the students of this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
A bit of cross-posting here to tell you about the June action on Stamp Out Hate. Oh, and remember that you can request FREE stickers by sending in a S.A.S.E.! This month’s action is to support immigrant and refugee families.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Hi Lori, If the problem persists, send an email ATTN: Kathy to us. Shes the only one with website powers.
Not at all! The only thing taking a break is pen pal swap. Everything else is situation normal. Im not taking two International trips this month; so Im still in the studio, working away!
Toggle Commented May 30, 2017 on Pen Pal Swap Break at Letter Writers Alliance