Category Archives: U.S. Postal Service

Pony Express Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express.  It features a game that lets you be a Pony Express rider, picking up letters, switching horses, and avoiding the treacherous obstacles that faced these riders as they traveled … Continue reading

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Stationery Week AND the start of Card & Letter Writing Month

How time flies!  Here we are again, with national stationery week (in Britain) and April being National Card and Letter Writing Month in the U.S.  Both wonderful reasons to celebrate! I hope you send cards and handwritten letters year round, … Continue reading

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Graceful Envelope Contest

Calling all mail artists and calligraphers! The Graceful Envelope contest is coming around again.  The contest is a combined effort of The Washington Calligraphers Guild and the National Association of Letter Carriers.  Your job is to beautifully decorate and address … Continue reading

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My Childhood Post Office Closed

My childhood post office, a nondescript, cinder-block building on the side of Route 16 in Orma, WV, was shuttered on November 20, 2013 after 108 years of operation.   My parents–knowing my love for all things postal–were thoughtful enough to … Continue reading

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A member of the civilian army…

I spent some of this beautiful weekend responding to the cards and letters I received from members of the National Association of Letter Carriers in response to this article in the NALC’s Postal Record magazine.  The article shared a bit about me … Continue reading

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A World Without the Post Office Infographic

I love a good infographic! Here’s one that envisions (shudder) a world without the post office.  I love the part at the bottom that lists the most popular stamps, too! Source: NumberSleuth  

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I sent out a few Valentines (and did not manage to take a picture of them before hand, sorry!) and used some fun LOVE stamps from the past. But I can’t wait to get my hand on the new wax … Continue reading

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Mr. Zip

(image from Beyond the Perf) Beyond the Perf has a great little post about Mr. Zip–the icon of a speedy mail man who educated 1960s America about the use of the new ZIP code system. Mr. Zip is making an … Continue reading

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Letter-Generating Event

Recently, a U.S. postal worker sent me two sheets of stamps because she was inspired by my blog and wanted to help me in my efforts to save snail mail.  I wanted to pay the gift forward, so I used … Continue reading

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Snail-y Mail Happenings

Well, I’ve finally broken my stationery fast of 2012.   Well, to be truthful, I broke my fast just a teensy bit on February 29th. I felt a bit guilty, but it was a postal emergency!  I realized in the middle of the day … Continue reading

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