About

Save Snail Mail is dedicated to the preservation of handwritten traditions in a modern world. Largely focused on letter writing, Save Snail Mail is broadly committed to pens and paper and all of the glorious things that can result when the two get together.

Dana, Save Snail Mail’s author, likes writing, making cards and stationery, sending personal correspondence, journaling, art journaling, practicing calligraphy–poorly–and sharing her love of all things handwritten with anyone who will let her.

Dana started Save Snail Mail because she believes that there is still a place in this world for handwritten letters.  Save Snail Mail is not just for building a community of kindred souls but also for sharing the joys of snail mail with the less enthusiastic who–it has been found–are equally filled with delight upon receiving a note betwixt the bills and advertisements in their mailboxes!

You can write Dana at Save Snail Mail, P.O. Box 95, Carrboro, NC 27510.

Despite her love of snail mail, she’s not entirely averse to receiving email at: savesnailmail at gmail dot com.  You can also follow her @savesnailmail on Twitter.

5 Responses to About

  1. Robert Caldwell says:

    What a WONDERFUL idea, Dana! The decrease in handwritten correspondence due to e-mail, texting, etc. will result in a social and cultural poverty. Thank you for doing your part in attempting to preserve the joys and benefits of the written word.

    My best,
    Robert

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your site while searching for stationary. I always enjoy reading more about one of my favorite hobbies!

    I am interested to know how you store the letters you receive from people. I have been searching all over the place but can’t seem to find a good solution for storing letters and postcards. They are too special to just put into a shoebox. I tried using binders and sheet protectors but the binders got out of hand. If you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

    Do you use Swap Bot at all?

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

    • Dana says:

      Hi Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by SSM. Storing all the letters I receive is a perennial challenge. All of my old letters from growing up are in bundles by sender and then everything I’ve gotten in the last 10 years or so has been just added to storage boxes chronologically. But sometimes now I wish I could go back and easily read a bunch of letters from a single person. All of which is to say that I currently store them in (pretty) shoe-boxed sized boxes and haven’t yet found a better solution. If you do, let me know!

  3. Dana says:

    Thank you for your heartfelt sentiments about snail mail. I whole heartedly agree that the U.S.P.S. serves a very necessary function and I know that many people need it for things like life saving medications or monthly checks. I need it in a different, but very real, way. Letters help me feel connected to my friends and family, provide a respite from the computer, and give me an opportunity to share my thoughts in a way that I sometimes just can’t do in any other medium. Together, we can bring the joys of snail mail to others and hopefully help keep this important service afloat in the process!

  4. David says:

    Just found your blog and I love it. I love to send and receive real mail. Thank you
    Regarding your blog entry of September 5 and the New York Times article about the closing of the US Post Office. Write a blog piece asking everyone who reads it and/or loves snail mail to write to their representative in Congress . Since the Post Office is protected by the Constitution and these representative take an oath to uphold the Constitution we can demand that they honor their oath of office by saving the Post Office. And of course, use snail mail. That’s what I’m going to do as soon as I finish this letter. Just a thought.
    Keep up up the great work.
    Peace
    David

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