Snail Mail, Pen Friends & The Art of Handwritten Letters

A letter aka a snail mail. Man hasn’t it been ages since anyone sent me one. I think the last letter I ever sent out was around 1998 and it was probably around that same time that I received my last snail mail too. I remember when I used to think that getting a letter was a huge deal. Getting greetings cards too! I used to have a few pen friends who I met via rock magazines and even when I first started using the internet, I made a few chat friends who exchanged snail mail with me too.

I loved the art of writing letters (yes it is an art form my friends) and getting a few goodies in the envelope along with the letter was the icing on the cake. I’m talking about photos, little cards, stickers or some stuff like that. Little cutouts from a magazine or newspaper that mean something or is relevant to a point in the letter – those were bonuses. And I loved doing that. Getting a handwritten letter from a new friend who lives in another country was special.

I had a few pen friends who wrote to me on a frequent level. Mostly girls (ofcourse) but the odd guy here or there. A girl in Assam, a few in the Philippines, one from Malaysia, another from New Zealand, Canada and from FInland. I’ve received a few other letters from others but these were the most frequent ones I had, while others were probably just one letter or two and then there were no more correspondences. I still have some of the letters from these ladies, tucked away in an old diary in a cupboard drawer hidden away. I’d probably need to dust it away just to look at it and remember the ‘caveman’ days before I started to rely on emails and chat on a regular level.

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4 thoughts on “Snail Mail, Pen Friends & The Art of Handwritten Letters

  1. “I loved the art of writing letters ”

    Me too. I went to a private boarding school in CA while my family remained in NJ. My brother and I used to write letters to each other three times a week. But, I don’t think I’ve handwritten a letter since I graduated in 1991.

  2. I am Muthumali Tharuka.i’m 20 years old.i am looking for a pen friend age between 15 to 20.a femail
    i am interested in making creative things
    i love to send lots of amazing gift1!!!
    i am s good friend and good sister too
    on the other hand i like to send letters to1!
    mail me soon …..
    c ya.byeee

  3. I am an avid snail mailer and am running out ofpeople to write. I write once a week to a family memeber but she is 97 and will not be writing much longer. Always looking for a pen pal if any one needs one

  4. lam Ghana business man age is 45 years old single,
    l looking for the partner or friend ship,
    my hobbies are exchange of gift , reading books ,football and etc.
    l want snail mail at age of 30 years to 65.
    any one who are interested me can write me with my mail address : TONY BADU OTABIL
    P.O.BOX MK 181, MANKESSIM, C/ REGION GHANA WEST AFRICA.
    l am ready to reply any letter.

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