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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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For years during the Cold War, the BBC aired a radio program called "Letters Without Signatures." The host, Austin Harrison, would read anonymous letters sent from East Germans over the airwaves. Each broadcast would end with a new P.O. Box... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Letter Writers Alliance
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Lea Redmond and her crew at Leafcutter Designs are back and brilliant. We love their tiny mail kits. Always have, always will. Check out their new Kickstarter campaign for new kit types including a tiny rubber stamp kit. I die.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Ah, it looks like you cant buy Postick anymore. They are out of stock on the website.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Postcard Stickers at Letter Writers Alliance
I hadnt heard of them til you mentioned it. The more the merrier! http://www.postcardhappiness.com/postick/
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Postcard Stickers at Letter Writers Alliance
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I spotted these stickers over on the Paper Sisters Instagram feed, and my, are they clever. Essentially, you can use them to make anything into a postcard. Just peel off the back and affix it to whatever you want to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Stamp Out Hate is the politically positive side of the Letter Writers Alliance. Here's what we're focusing on for this month. Time to defend DACA, folks! Also, time to send thanks to those people and organizations who are supporting the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Warning: Sappiness This post over on Mail Adventures took me back. Back to a time before I lived in Chicago, before the L.W.A. Back then, I was living in Colorado and my now husband, then long-distance possible boyfriend, lived in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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New stuff alert! We've got two new(ish) stationery sets and a letterpress print added to the shop today. Our 10th Anniversary stationery design is available as a free download, but if you'd like to support us and get some awesome... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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L.W.A. book club is a quarterly reading group for letter writers and mail lovers. We focus on books that have to do with mail, letters, typewriters, fountain pens, and other postal related topics. We're about a month out from our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Stamp collecting is such a fascinating endeavor to me. The field is so vast! You can pick the tiniest detail to fixate on for your collection and still have multiple items to acquire and fun in the process. I never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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First Class packages are getting an increase in pricing beginning on September 3rd. This update will mostly impact parties who ship lightweight goods, as it only applies to parcels weighing up to 13 oz. Guess what? That means us. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Here's the news from over at our sister activism site: Stamp Out Hate. This month’s action was going to be support for the Trans members of our military given the disparaging statement by the President via Twitter. However, I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Wonderful and helpful advice! Thank you
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on Total Eclipse Postmarks at Letter Writers Alliance
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Best. News. Ever. From The Postal Museum: "Following the passing of Tibs the Great, the last great Post Office cat, The Postal Museum is searching for 12 volunteer mousers to fill the vacancy until September 2018. Each month a successful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Neat info! Thanks for sharing!
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We were recently contacted by a German survey company who has been contracted to do a study about mail deliveries in Europe. They are looking for people who check their mail on a daily basis. As far as I can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Sharp eye, Karen. This one is from D.C. and was sent to me before the eclipse. I think years is an outlier, but a few months isnt out of the question.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2017 on Total Eclipse Postmarks at Letter Writers Alliance
Those numbers are just a stand-in, Joe. Use the addresses as listed. Eclipse Postmark, Post Office Address Amaras comment is also really helpful.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2017 on Total Eclipse Postmarks at Letter Writers Alliance
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We've talked about just how cool the special heat-sensitive ink stamps for the eclipse are, but did you know there are super special postmarks too? There are! Here's a list of post offices in the path of totality which are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Long ago in the Aughts, Kathy and I had a card company that specialized in snarky statements said with classic style. The Letter Writers Alliance was born from out of that company and, over time, we found that we wanted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Kat Ran Press does excellent work around the design and use of postage stamps. Recently, on their Instagram, they've been talking about protest through postage. For example, a flag stamp affixed upside-down to a letter can be read as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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It's been 10 years since Kathy & I started this letter-championing, postal-pumping, card-crossing and stamp-challenging group. Throughout this decade, we have had the immense pleasure of watching other clubs and groups crop up across the globe. This is amazing. All... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
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All L.W.A. members in the L.A. area, make a note on your calendars for this free event. The Griffith Post Office is host to this free mail art event given by the Traveling Postal Club AKA artists Anne Baumgartner and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Aw. It makes us happy too!
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In this year's September issue, The Atlantic wrote about the response to this question: "What Was the Most Important Letter in History?" Now, why they didn't ask me for this article, I couldn't say, but I did enjoy the breadth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance