Postage Rate Increase August 29

uncle sam on bicycle stamp

Some postage rates common to letter writers are increasing in just a few weeks for the second time this year. Regular first-class mail will increase from .55 to .58. Additional ounces will remain at .20 per ounce. The postcard rate for regular size postcards in the US will go from .36 to .40. I didn’t…

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Time to Write a Letter

illustration of girl running with letter to mailbox

I love mail! Getting mail. Sending mail. Buying stamps. Perusing stationery sets and new note card sets. Writing letters and postcards. Reading and saving letters and postcards. It’s a wonderful hobby! One of the many positive factors for being a letter writer is that you can do it as much or as little as you’d…

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Star Wars Droid Stamps 2021

Star Wars Droid Stamp

May the 4th be with you! Get this sheet of stamps at the United States Post Office. They will be available on May 4, 2021. You can pre-order online now or wait to visit your post office in person. I love to order online as soon as I see new stamps. It costs $1.30 in…

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Espresso Stamps Go on Sale April 9, 2021

coffee stamps

I love these new stamps! The Espresso Stamps go on sale on April 9, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from USPS.  New stamps are always released with a first-day-of-issue ceremony that includes speakers and other fanfare depending on the theme and location. Seattle, Wash., is the location of this stamp’s new release ceremony. In these…

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InCoWriMo 2021 Recap

desk covered with mailed envelopes

In 2021 I received 21 letters from InCoWriMo writers. I started receiving them in January and they continued into early March. In some past years, I have not received a single letter, so this is quite impressive! Although in most years, I have received a couple. I attribute receiving more this year because of our…

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If the Envelope Fits…

handmade envelope

I love handmade envelopes and sometimes find myself creating some out of paper bags, old maps, scrapbook or calendar pages. This week I received some letters through #InCoWriMo and was so pleased to have handmade envelopes included in the mix. Like this one from Mass. Or this one from Texas. It’s not unusual to find…

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InCoWriMo Feb 2021 Update

I have been duly tracking what I send and receive for my participation in InCoWriMo 2021. I must say it’s my best year yet for receiving mail. Loads of fun stuff has come my way! I have received mail from 11 participants so far. I’ve responded to about half and have also been sending mail…

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Barn Stamps USPS

four different barn stamps

The price of a regular size (4×6) postcard in the US went from .35 cents to .36 cents. Of course, the previous postcard stamps are still good since they are forever stamps (one of the benefits of having stamps be forever stamps. This is the trade-off we get by not having the face value of…

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InCoWriMo February 2021

B&W illustration of a collection of letters

Are you ready for InCoWriMo 2021? Every February people from around the world send mail to each other via this website. There are usually hundreds of participants leaving their name and address in the comment field hoping to connect with others through a one-time correspondence or, in some cases, regular correspondence. If you’re new to…

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A Lovely Letter in My Mailbox

mailed envelope with calligraphy and christmas stamp

I received this unexpected delight in my mailbox recently. It was sent by Stefan from England. I just love the colors, the calligraphy, and the beautiful design. I took a calligraphy class years ago. I think we met for an hour once a week for four to six weeks with lots of practice in between.…

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