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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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Attention typewriter lovers, the American Writers Museum in Chicago is opening a new exhibit called Tools of the Trade. They'll be displaying machines from Ray Bradbury, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, and other writing instruments like Fredrick Douglas's inkwell. I am... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Quick! If you have thousands of dollars at the ready and want to purchase letters penned by Leonard Cohen to his long-time muse Marianne Ihlen, then Christie's has a deal for you. Until tomorrow, you may bid on and see... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
They have camps through early August!
They have camps through early August!
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Dear Friends at Letter Writers Alliance, I am writing from sunny south Florida where I am the archivist at the Delray Beach Historical Society. We are getting ready for a second year of our popular Snail Mail Camp! The camp... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
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Come one and all out, rain or shine, to Printer's Row Lit Fest! We'll be there from 1PM - 4PM on Saturday with free Chicago notecards to encourage more letter writing. We are located right across from Potbelly Sandwich Shop,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The postal fleet, with its distinctive boxy Grumman LLV trucks is overdue for renewal. They are in the final stages of selecting a new design, and it's really about time considering that some trucks are just catching on fire. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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In case you missed it live yesterday, there are still some items up on our Instagram stories for sale.Above is but a taste! Help us move and get cool postal things! Also, we'll be having a physical sale and farewell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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How is it the end of May? I just went for a dental cleaning and they made me another appointment for six months from now... in DECEMBER! What is time? Anyways, May was a really lovely month for stamps, maybe... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Our first viral sale was a big success! While packing up those treasures, we unearthed a whole bunch of other things that are totally awesome; so we're gonna do it again. We have to move out of our studio space... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Postal carriers are important parts of the community. If you have any doubts of the veracity of that statement, I invite you to read this story about the retirement of Floyd Martin. He worked his route for 35 years and... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Proof that all you need to make mail art is a pen. I feel like a do a post about The Postman' Knock, the calligraphy and art site of Lindsey Bugbee, at least once a quarter. She consistently has wonderful... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Join us at the Printers Row Lit Fest this year on Saturday, June 8th! From 1PM - 4PM we'll be out with free stationery, supplies, and a typewriter sharing the letter love with those attending the festival. See our faces,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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There are a lot of postal services in this wide world of ours, and this blog is not a philatelic-only focused publication. If it were, I'd spend a lot less time curating content. There are so many postage stamps and... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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This is a stamp story that has it all- rarity, history, romance, and money. Recently, the "Alexandria Blue Boy" went up for auction. It was last made available in 1981 and is one of the most highly sought-after covers in... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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From the Contest Rules: CONTEST TERMS & CONDITIONS Entry fee $25.00 (Canadian): Enclose with your letter a Canadian bank cheque, money order or bank draft and mail to P.O. Box #74, Millarville, AB, Canada T0L 1K0; or if submitting an... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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It's Monday and I know everyone is diligently at work and not reading this blog. I know that you definitely don't have time to read this really informative and illuminating history of Letter Writing in America by Kathryn Burke. I... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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The third volume of our L.W.A. Book Club Newsletter is available. You can download it or send in a S.A.S.E. This volume has our comments from Meet Me at the Museum. It also announces our pick for our Summer reading,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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Today is the mailing deadline for Mother's Day cards. According to statistics I saw on the internet which, therefore, must be true, 75% of people are sending their Mom a card on Mother's Day. (I guess they mean "Americans" when... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
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This Saturday, May 11th is the date for this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive. This drive is the single largest single-day drive and over a billion pounds of food since its start in 1993. The National Association of Letter... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Oh, thank you!!
Thanks Victoria! Well see!
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My friend and pen pal Lillian sent over some really fascinating news from the world of print advertising. She says: "Last month, I received a sheet of free stamps with our morning paper. Free stamps! What a delightful surprise! It... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
And thats why I made the stamp- so that people would notice!
Really? Well, its scraps leftover from when I make the envelopes from the pigeon envelopes, but I have considered putting it for sale as Pigeon Feathers. Are you into it?