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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
Ever wonder how people get their awesome FDCs? That's "First Day Covers" for us non-philatelic folks. It's an envelope that has been stamped and cancelled on the first day of that stamp's release. The U.S.P.S. offers multiple cancellation options these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Just a notice that pen pal swaps are going on a small break while Kathy & I are doing a lot of traveling during June. They'll return on July 4th. I'm sure it doesn't look it, but swap matches are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Recently came upon a good paper outlining how the abolition movement used new postal regulations in the mid 1800s to spread their doctrine of freedom for all. A less in-depth overview of this can be found here at the National... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
While waiting for the grand re-opening of The Postal Museum (this July!), why not avail yourself of their walking tour. It sounds super neat. All you have to do is show up and locate the person wearing a Cityguides badge... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
We have a brand new R.S.V.P. coming up for sale on Friday, the 19th. Its theme is: Pigeon Fancier. The L.W.A.'s love for our feathered messengers runs deep. This set chronicles the life of a champion pigeon with you as... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Normally, I wait and do a monthly round-up of stamp releases; however, this stamp is too cool to postpone telling you about. Plus, I keep getting links to it and that makes it clear that L.W.A. members want to know... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Camille Styles has a photo-illustrated guide to turning basic geometric shapes into fun envelopes. I will note that if you want to actually mail these little envelopes, you'll need to use non-machinable postage rate stamps or a Forever stamp with... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Stop it. Really? It says it on Wikipedia so it must be true. The first week in May* is National Postcard Week and has been since 1984. Well, I'll be. Oh, and a postcard collector is a "Deltiologist". Neat. I... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
I'm in love with these love letter envelope liners from Oh So Beautiful paper. There's two different designs to download and an extensive tutorial guide on how to use them as well. They were put up for Valentines, but shucks,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
For May, Stamp Out Hate encourages everyone to send cheer to centers that support women, women’s health, and a woman’s right to chose. Mother’s Day is May 14th for those of us based in the U.S.A., and I think it’s... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
In looking up information on the new Succulents stamp, I found this handy guide to sending succulents through the mail. I never even considered how I would mail live plants. Neat. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
How generous of you and your aunt! Ill be doing a Stamp Out Hate event at GREER on May 1st if youd like to bring it by then.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2017 on National Stationery Week at Letter Writers Alliance
If you're a U.K. resident, I hope you are enjoying National Stationery Week! There's a whole bunch of participating retailers and inspiring things to get involved in online. I like that the website takes pains to say that we can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Robert Panara The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara, an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. During his 40-year teaching career, Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Really enjoyed this posting on the Write_On blog by Jillian Schiavi covering the basics of using a brush pen specifically for envelope addressing. I often see guides to calligraphy on envelopes; so this is a nice change of pace. What... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Just a smorgasbord of some of the most inspirational (to my mind) Instagram accounts out there for getting your letter writing juices going. From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Andrea Raymond (@dreyray) 2. Devoted Diarist (@devoteddiarist) 3. Beth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
We've written of Girls Love Mail before on the blog. In your goal of a letter-a-day this month, why not add them to your list? They recently sent out an email requesting more letters and now seems like a great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Remember to join us for L.W.A. book club on Sunday, April 16th with a live stream on our You Tube channel at 3PM CST. Our book is The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. We'll be joined by book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Just a seasonally appropriate reminder that you can mail things like, say, plastic eggs without a box. It's easy. It's thinking out of the box. Try it. You'll like it and so will the receiver. I got this one in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
L.W.A. member Jessica has these awesome stickers for you as a free download for National Letter Writing Month. Use them to keep track of your progress or just fancy things up a bit. Thanks, Jessica, you are rad! Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Working on it!
Stamp Out Hate continues to send out messages of hope this month. We'll be at the CHIRP Record Fair tomorrow with postcards and stamps if you'd like to come by! We’re focusing in April on groups that support our LGBTQ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
When Kathy & I started the Letter Writers Alliance back in the Summer of 2007, we had no conception of what it would become today. We are humbled and astonished on a daily basis. Thanks for helping us send so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Dont despair! L.W.A. members already write more letters than regular people. In the overall scope, youre already ahead of the game.
Alright, alright! The dress rehearsal of February is over, you had March to recover, and now it's time for the main event. April is National Card & Letter Writing month! For those of you participating in Write_On, that means a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance