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A recent thread at AAR on the lost art of cursive writing got me thinking about snail mail. I’ve always had horrible handwriting. In fact, the only grade of C I ever received in school was for a cursive writing class. I practiced, and practiced, but could never improve my writing.

Despite my awful handwriting, in pre-email days, I regularly sent letters to far-away friends. To cover up the state of my handwriting, I would decorate the letters with all kinds of things. Stickers and leaf imprints (and I don’t even recall how to do these) were among my favorites, but each and every letter had to have a wax seal on the outside of the envelope.

Back then, I had a lovely collection of seals (flowers, fairies, initials, etc.) as well as wax in every color imaginable. Those seals were lost years ago, about the same time I wrote my last letter.

However, while I don’t write letters anymore, I do regularly send cards to friends and family.  These cards — generally with a personal note included — are also afflicted with my horrible handwriting. I’m thinking it’s time to get a new collection of seals and wax to decorate my notes. But what else could I use?

Do any of you still send letters or notes through snail mail? If so, do you decorate them in any way?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.