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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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It was considered, but we would always feel responsible for it and decided this was the best for us. There are many other letter writing groups out there. Please see our Sincerely Yours posting for a list!
Typically, First Day Covers are given a cancellation mark for the first day of issue. Since those stamps are cancelled, they cannot be used for mailing. You can use the envelopes IF you add current postage.
Thank you for being a member and your support over the years. We are so touched that letter writing meant so much to you and your pen pal. It means a lot to us too.
Thus ends 2019, the Year of Postbox, and also to the end of open memberships to the Letter Writers Alliance and matches through the penpal swap. We began back in 2007 with no conception that we would range so wide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
If you're looking for a more purposeful New Year, consider adding political letter writing to your agenda. I am constantly impressed and inspired by Handwritten Revolution and their work. There's no better time than now and it couldn't be easier,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
There will never be an adequate way to share this art with you in pictures, but please go to Colossal and Irenebrination to explore more of this work by Elisabetta Di Maggio. It's one of those installation pieces that I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
I mean, you know I will, because that's how I roll, but the Victorians were on my side. Check out these amazing vintage cards of yesteryear. Before Christmas was codified red and green and St. Nick was standardized by advertisements,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
You know, there was one glorious year where I had all my cards done before the 25th. I don't know how I did it, and I've never been able to repeat it. However, I think most people enjoy getting mail... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Wishing everyone full mailboxes and no lost packages! If you need me, I'll be here, still writing cards. 'Tis the season! Thank you all! I won't be writing blog posts though. Hope you enjoyed the holiday postings! P.S. Beautiful stamp... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
When I saw these mailboxes on the Christchurch Letter Writers Society Instagram page, I had to know more! In 2015, a powerful typhoon tore through Taipei with winds in excess of 200 kilometers per hour. These boxes were slammed into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
In case you want to improve your knowledge of postal trivia (and I can't think of why you wouldn't want that), here's a link to a PDF of Postal Facts. Also, they've got a website for tidbits like this too.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Two news stories for Santa's list regarding postal happenings. Let's start with the good! The U.S.P.S. has a number of employees who have been working for the mail for over six decades. One of them is the charming Theodore Roberts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Christmas seals, a form of cinderella stamp, were first used as fund-raising item for a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1907. From the American Lung Association website: "The tiny Delaware sanatorium would have to close its doors if $300 could not be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
In case you've never seen it, here is the original query letter sent to the editor of The Sun by eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon. Here's also a transcript from Newseum in case you don't want to bother deciphering handwriting or old... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
My money is on it will get where it needs to be. With newer rules, things tend to be a little lacks.
If you're looking to have your "i"s properly iced and your cards addressed to a "t", then A. Favorite has a nice blog post for you on the etiquette of holiday cards. I'm still working on mine; so it's still... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
The Irish Times has a sweet article about two friends who have passed the same Christmas card between one another for the past 63 years. Faithfully, since 1956, the two friends, Eunice Baily and Clare Brazil, have given each other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, we'd like to remind you that you need to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail. From the U.S.P.S. themselves: “Snow and ice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Of course, there's the classic brown paper tied up with string, but if you can get your hands on a press sheet of low value postage, why not use that as wrapping paper!? The genius behind this is Suzanne of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
The U.S.P.S. blog has a nice list of handy tips for sending out holiday gift packages: Select a durable box to protect the contents. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes are free at local Post Offices. *Do NOT reuse... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Lindsey at The Postman's Knock has tons of calligraphy tips, tricks, tools & tutorials. I love her seasonal offerings. Nearly every year she has a new holiday worksheet for sale and it is definitely worth your while. Her instructions are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
In a show of sheer holiday insanity, I decided to make Halloweeny stationery stuff at Christmas time because, as we all know, everyday is Halloween. Every year, I try to participate in Inktober, a daily drawing challenge during the month... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Around the holidays, it is acceptable and encouraged to give your regular postal person, either your local carrier or the friendliest person at your P.O., a holiday gift. It needn't be fancy, and in fact, shouldn't be because of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
Hello folks! This is a gentle reminder that our pen pal swap closes at the end of this year. December 31st is the last day for members to request a match. It is also the last day to become an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance
In case you didn't notice, I have been blogging every day of December. I figured it'd be a nice send off as the blog will go mostly dormant after the first of the year. I'm dusting off some older posts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Letter Writers Alliance