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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
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Over coffee a few Sundays ago, my husband starts reading me an article. Since we're digital natives, instead of the paper, we read the internet. He said, "There are over 400 tablets, made from thinly cut slivers of wood between... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Like many of my loved ones and friends, I have spent the past week in a haze of sad anger at the callous and indifferent actions lately perpetrated by those in power. There are many ways you can get involved... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Everyone writes letters in their own way. Some people require a meditative silence, others can scribe their thoughts anywhere. I'm somewhere between. I can't seem to focus in complete quiet. What really works for me is either writing outside on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Letterlocking is a technique of folding a letter so that it becomes its own envelope. The letter is often secured with a wax seal and is designed so that it cannot be easily opened and resealed. To read the letter,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Partners of ours in the love of analog and tangible correspondence, Handwritten, are hosting a letter social this Friday, June 15th in collaboration with The Morgan Library & Museum and their exhibit The Magic of Handwriting. This seems like a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Here at L.W.A.H.Q. we do some pen pal matching for kids, but the majority of our members are adults. If you're looking for a pen pal for a child, we recommend checking out the Secret Society of Letter Writers run... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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You may or may not know that one of my many guises is as a clerk in Chicago's premiere comic shop, Challengers Comics + Conversation. In a flash of genius, I've decided to try out something that blends both my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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My pen pal and all-around cool person Jessica Jewel (she of cool downloads) sent me a postcard from a recent adventure. The adventure was through Street Salad Co. The idea is that you use their postcards to go on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Pictures of my haul from the latest COMPEX caused quite a commotion on my Instagram feed yesterday. Although I have made previously posted about how to acquire vintage stamps, I do think that stamp shows are my favorite way to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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In case you missed it, here's our discussion on the latest L.W.A. Book Club pick, Dear Mister Rogers, Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood?: Letters to Fred Rogers. Our guest is Betsy Siber, illustrator, designer, jewelry-maker, and good friend.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The announcement of the new scented stamps to be released soon from the U.S.P.S. has prompted a lot of discussion involving allergies and chemical sensitivities. (Wow, the Facebook comments. Yeesh. And people ask why we don't have a Facebook account.)... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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May was all about quality over quantity in the U.S.P.S. stamp releases. The much anticipated intaglio printed blue version of the 100th anniversary of airmail was introduced on May 1st. It'll have a red counterpart released later this year. On... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Direct mail campaigns for fundraising probably constitute the majority of the mail I receive at my home address. For the most part, it goes directly to recycling. The only time I might bother to open it is if it is... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Thats because those are reproductions. They dont want people trying to use them as postage. On the actual stamps, the word is clear.
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Well, all the other countries have done it! Why not us? On June 20th, the U.S.P.S. will release its first-ever scratch-n-sniff postage stamps. The vibrant popsicle watercolor stamps by artist Margaret Berg will have a mystery scent that will be... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Maker and letter writer and L.W.A. member extraordinare, Jessica, has a new goodie available for free download on her site. If you've ever wanted a nice way to collate and catalog the various facts and figures about your pen pal,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Celebrate the return of the New York City Letter Writers Society after a year's break next Thursday, May 24th. They'll be at C.W. Pencil Enterprise (who recently had a nice post on writing and addressing letters in pencil) which is... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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This example of a mailed leaf comes from the Puke Ariki Museum in New Zealand. I went hunting down an example after my pen pal Julia mentioned that a pen pal of hers sent her one of these leaves, albeit... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 27th at 3PM Central to discuss Dear Mister Rogers, Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood? with special guest Betsy Siber. Please join us online for a chat and bonding time over a book... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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For the U.S.A. that is. Mother’s Day isn’t the second Sunday in May everywhere. Many countries celebrate mothers on International Women’s Day (March 8), the U.K and Ireland still celebrate it on Mothering Sunday, France and other French-speaking countries honor... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Oh, but for mailing from the U.S.A., you have to append the country at the very bottom, under where the postal code is.
I dont really. If Im stumped, I go to the postal website of the country and try to puzzle it out from there.
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L.W.A. member and mail entrepreneur Christine of Postmark 1206 has graciously allowed me to share her ABCs of Letter Writing illustration project with you folks. In addition to having a cool mailing program and fun things in her shop, she's... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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It has been over 10 years since the U.S.P.S. promoted their 30th anniversary Star Wars postage stamps by wrapping some blue mailboxes in vinyl to mimic the iconic look of R2D2. There were around 400 of the special boxes done... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Bravo! I do want to encourage this, but Im running into issues where people are not using a return address at all. Weve gotten a lot of lost my pen pal emails lately which prompted the post.