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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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If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that encouraged participation in this project. Mari (@littlemissflint) is collecting letters of positive feeling for kids in Flint, Michigan. The original intent was to pass them out at screenings of Black Panther,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Letter Writers Alliance
Thank you for noticing!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Year of the Dog at Letter Writers Alliance
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In celebration of Chinese New Year today, the Year of the Dog, I have a new artistamp! It is a free download on the site! You can download it here. Remember, you can use the service provided at Philosateleia to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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I'm a sucker for anything envelope shaped, like these downloadable treat boxes for Valentines Day by Design Eat Repeat. So great! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The geniuses at Leafcutter Designs are at it again. For Valentines Day, they've got these specialty wrapped Tcho chocolates that look like wee tiny packages! Delightful! Adorable! So smart. Brilliant ideas from brilliant people. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Confession time: I really don't like Valentine's Day. (I loathe its more recent compatriots even more. Looking at you, Sweetest Day.) I am not a romantic individual and dislike the idea of obligatory calendric gift-giving. That said, I sent some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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I've made mention before of the magic of sending out your Valentine mail for specialty postmarks, but I only had information on U.S. mailings. Barb at Rite While You Can has the details on how to do the same process... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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February 4th marks Thank a Mail Carrier Day. Not that you shouldn't thank your carrier everyday. February 4th is on a Sunday this year; so maybe try to leave out a nice note on Saturday or Monday. You could also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
I wrote about this one back in 2016 even! http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/2016/06/capebuyersstay.html
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Letter writing is on the upswing. Here's a couple of fun socials that are being held pre-Valentine's Day, all over the U.S. of A. If you know of any others, tell us in the comments! Penny Post's Correspondence Club will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Quite frankly, it is an enormous miracle that anything gets delivered at all, ever. (My latest wild-ride letter was a holiday card from my Grandparents which my grandmother mailed on the 30th of December from Colorado. It was postmarked "Syracuse,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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February is almost here, folks. February is a BUSY month in our letter-loving world. There's that funny old Valentines thing some people like, but we've also got International Correspondence Writing Month (AKA InCoWriMo) and Month of Letters(AKA LetterMo)! Both websites... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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We had a great time at Sunday's L.W.A. book club with member Alyssabeth discussing Neither Snow, Nor Rain by David Leonard. If you missed it, here's the recording over on our YouTube channel. Oh, and here's Alyssabeth's lovely face that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Here are your January 2018 stamps, folks! All are currently available. So happy to get a matching fruit design in the small value range with the new Meyer Lemon stamps, but I'm less happy that I still have to wait... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
The additional ounce/non-machinable stayed at 21 cents. So a 3oz letter will be 50 cents for the first ounce and then 42 cents for the extra two, for a total of 92 cents.
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James Farley is a name that came up a lot in our recent L.W.A. book club pick, Neither Snow, Nor Rain. (Book club is on Sunday, the 21st!) His name also adorns the main post office building in New York... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Yup, those current postcard stamps are forever postcard stamps. Youll be able to tell because they say Postcard on them and dont have a monetary value listed.
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This Sunday we'll be discussing Winter's book club pick with L.W.A. member Alyssabeth. Tune in and chat with us live or watch the archived YouTube stream afterwards. Remember you can always add suggested books to the list on our Good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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We told you this would happen. Stamps are going up on January 21st to a whooping 50 cents even for domestic First Class, first ounce. It's a pittance, you guys. Personally, I'm excited to not have to deal with straggling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The stamps and letters before you are American-mailed, but not U.S.P.S. approved. Nay, they were for an independent postal service called Hale and Co. Despite there being clear illegalities in setting up local posts, private citizens saw an opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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If you're looking for letter writing inspiration to get you going after those holiday cards, I wholeheartedly recommend the latest posting from the Write_On campaign. They (and I) want you to make giving back through letters part of your new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
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BBC Radio 4 has a great program up for listening right now all about pen pals. Many of you sent in this link and I thank you for it. It's in the negative numbers temperature-wise in Chicago, and there's nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Aw, thanks Angela! I really appreciate the feedback!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Envelope Making Video at Letter Writers Alliance
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We did it! Finally! We made a video. The above is just a taste. If you like what you see, you can purchase the entire video here. It will walk you through making your own envelope, from making a template,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Letter Writers Alliance
Just an old, awesome postcard.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on Happy New Year! at Letter Writers Alliance