It’s fair to say I love sending out letters and post. Back in the mists of time, I used to do a thing called Mail Art. People would send out a call for a mail art project on a theme and the addresses of willing participants. The art was often the envelopes themselves, drawn on, painted, stickers, ornamental writing and rubber stamps. So, many, rubber, stamps!
Of course, getting a letter included inside was part of the joy. If you could, you’d find some way to take what you’d been sent, add to it, and then send it onwards. They’d all get sent to a final address to be collated and exhibited at a certain point.
It’s no great surprise that these types of projects aren’t as prevalent as they once were, but the excitement of them has stuck with me. To this day, I post things out (often letters) two or three times a week.
One of my favourite things about the Royal Mail here in the UK is that they have an ever-changing selection of Post Marks, the things they stamp onto, well, stamps, to show they’ve been used. Here’s the most recent selection…