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My Love of Postal Mail

I think my earliest memory – of loving postal mail – was a book I had as a child, called something like “Free Stuff for Kids.” On every page, there was an offer with a perforated coupon. You had to send the coupon, a letter, and a stamped self-addressed envelope to the address on that page. As an example of the free stuff, I can only remember receiving stickers, but it I know it wasn’t always stickers. It was kinda lame, I guess – children requesting advertising tat – but I loved sending off some mail, knowing that I was going to get something back for free.

My second earliest memory was in grade 5 in primary school, I think. Maybe grade 6. We all had “mailboxes” on our desks – I can’t remember if we made them, or if they were provided. Anyway – we could leave notes for each other, and I thought that was the COOLEST. I was over the moon. I loved leaving silly/fun/friendly/strange notes for my friends. I loved checking my mailbox and finding notes in there, like little secrets, little surprises. And… a bit further into the year… I had a strong crush on a boy in my class, and I remember leaving some anonymous notes for him!

I keep coming back to postal mail. I still want to build something that involves postal mail. 📮💌📯

Australian Stamps Tip

If you’re in Australia and you’re buying stamps online, the offering seems lame. For local mail, there are the flower stamps.

And in the “Pack and Post > Postage Stamps” section of the Australia Post website, that seems about it. Flowers. Hmm. Need a $3 stamp to send a card overseas? Hmm. Not there.

But… it’s just a terrible website shop. Because there are actually heaps more stamp designs! If you go into “Stamp and Coin Collectables > Stamp Issues > View all products” you can see all the designs.

For example, I think @jamjar might appreciate these jam label stamp designs –

jam label stamp designs

I liked the With Love stamp designs for thank-you notes I was sending –

with love stamps

And the Aussie alphabet stamp designs are really cute, and they make a lovely gift if you know anyone having a baby (keep an eye out for the first letter of their baby’s name!) –

aussie alphabet stamps part 3

And, handily, if you buy stamps online, you don’t get charged postage.