Look what the stamp faerie brought me. :) It was great timing too as I came home sick early from work.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
For more about John H Johnson you can take a look at his Wiki page here.
If you are curious like I am, you can also take a look at the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections site to see all the stamps issued in this series. Harriet Tubman was the first to be featured in this series followed by Martin Luther King Jr. It is interesting to see how the look of the stamps have changed over time.
What do you think?
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
A blog reader and excellent mail artist Edward sent me an email reminding me of this, so I thought I would post about it here.
Did you know that you can request greetings from the White House for specific events? You can write to the President or fax him and ask for a specific greeting depending on the event. Granted there is a limited number of events, and of course you must submit the request well in advance. But hey, how neat is this?
Rather than reposting information from another site, I will just link to it here.
Have you ever done this? If so, tell me how it went. =)
Friday, January 27, 2012
So here is what I am asking of you. You can either post it in a comment (no need for years..just the month and day would be fine), email it to me, OR you could send it in your next letter. I am asking that if you have already told me once...please tell me again? I promise I will make note of it this time. =)
This is all part of me trying to be more organized. And your help on this will keep me from digging through my letters over the past year to find the ones that tell me their birthday. Wont you help me out?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
You might ask yourself..how I knew that. Well, my answer is actually quite simple. I am a genius! (queue evil laugh) Ok..so we know that isn't true. The real reason I knew that is because I will occasionally check the National Postal Museum's website. They do a little widget thingy called This Day in Postal History. You can find it in the bottom left of the screen once you click the link above. Everyday they update it with another tidbit. Sometimes they are interesting and sometimes..they are a bit..well...boring. But I almost always learn something new.
(I am slowly letting you in on my secrets.)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
OpenTable is a resource that allows you not only to search for restaurants near you, but also to place a reservation right from the web or appropriate app. Want to know the best part? If you book the reservation online and keep the reservation, you are awarded dining rewards points! Most restaurants and times are only 100 points. However, occasionally you can find one that will award you 1000 points. Once you have accumulated at least 2000 points you can redeem them for a dining check! 2000 points have a $20 dollar value, so not much...but better than nothing.
Brad and I made reservations for a place called Blue Canyon today. We shall see how it goes. =) I will certainly keep you posted.
- Domestic First Class- 45 cents
- Domestic Postcard - 32 cents
- International Letter to within North America- 85 cents
- International Letter elsewhere- $1.05
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Today is the release date for the Glacier National Park stamp. The stamp is an international rate, to be used to mail letters to Canada and Mexico. The park was established in 1910 and lies in Montana.
Ready for an interesting fact? There were once 150 glaciers in the park in the 19th century. As of 2010 there are only an estimated 25 active glaciers left. And what is really sad is that scientists estimate that by 2020 there will be no more glaciers left in Glacier National Park. How sad! It makes me want to pack my bags and see the glaciers now before they are all gone.
Have you ever been to GNP? If so, what was your favorite thing there?
Pardon the fuzzy picture. Today is the official release of the Aloha Shirts postcard rate stamps. There are five designs total, which you can view here.
Hawaiian shirts (Aloha Shirts)were made popular in the 30s when seamstresses in Hawaii would make shirts for business men out of left over Kimono fabric. The trend caught on and the Aloha shirt was born.
An interesting fact about Aloha shirts is that they were the reason we now have "Casual Friday". Employers in Hawaii would allow their workers to wear Aloha shirts to work on the last day of the week calling it Aloha Friday. The trend spread to the mainland and by the 90's was a mainstream idea. Instead of Aloha Fridays, we have Casual Fridays. =) Always something neat to learn.
Now, remember that postage stamp contest I mentioned earlier this month? Well, you have 5 opportunities to win this one. I am working on creating a special postcard that you can only get if you are the first to send me a piece of mail with the new 2012 postage stamps affixed. Hopefully I will get that done and sent to the printers soon. =) Oh and of course you get to be "famous" (grins) because I will post your winning entry on the blog. (Silly I know, but hey exposure is exposure right?)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The new deadline to get your art to them is March 1. The show will actually be scheduled for March 8-10. So now you have no excuse as to why you cannot create a piece for the show. I hope to see a lot of you participating. Remember Derrick will be there taking some pictures for me to post to the blog. What more reason for submitting a piece could you need?
Remember the pieces need to be sent through the mail and cannot be enclosed in anything. The envelope or object needs to be the artwork. Send your completed pieces to:
212 13th street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(On a side note..problem solved with my piece. The gallery said that Derrick could deliver mine personally because it had been cancelled by the USPS. Thank goodness! Now I am off to write some letters.)
They postmarked it and then...sent it to the address on the opposite side of the envelope. Talk about upset. NOW..I have to take the time to create the same piece of art over again...so that I can mail it out tomorrow and have the whole set displayed. I am more than a little disappointed.
No letters will go out tomorrow because of this. *sigh*
That is the Ochopee Post Office located in Ochopee, Florida. It is the smallest post office in the United States at a tiny 7ft by 8ft. "The person who delivers mail from this post office has a daily route that stretches across three counties, 132 miles long." said one article I found on this post office. The most interesting thing about that is that the post office sits in an area that boasts only 11 in the population (as of about 2005). So my question is: do they deliver outside the area? Or are the residences extremely spaced out? Either way it is kinda neat huh?
Would you ever consider making a special trip to Ochopee to visit this post office?
Oh and this Post Office is not to be confused with the worlds smallest...
Blog reader Derrick sent me this lovely, yet tiny package a few weeks ago. I was so excited as it was the first piece of mail I had gotten from the Worlds Smallest Post Service. You can purchase the Post Office for yourself, OR you can order special things from the site here.
Have you ever gotten something from the Worlds Smallest Post Service?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Regardless, one of the most important things (in relation to this blog..) about Ol Ben is that he served as our nation's first postmaster general in 1775! It is amazing to think that they set in place a system for delivering mail that is now the US Postal Service. It makes me wonder, do you think the continental Congress or Benjamin himself ever thought that their means of delivering mail would carry on this long? I also like to ponder what they would say if they could see the decline in mail that we have been seeing.
Another interesting fact is that Benjamin Franklin appears on more postage stamps than any other notable American other than George Washington. Did you already know that? I sure didn't.
Here is another fact from Wikipedia, "From 1908 through 1923 the U.S. Post Office issued a series of postage stamps commonly referred to as the Washington-Franklin Issues where, along with George Washington, Franklin was depicted many times over a 14-year period, the longest run of any one series in US postal history."
These are my favorite posts to write. I enjoy learning new things and I hope you do too. If you know an interesting fact about Ben Franklin leave me a comment. I am quite curious about him now. Perhaps I will even read his entire Wiki page. =)
(Random fact...Benjamin Franklin is one of Brad's favorite people)
Can I just say how silly I feel for missing MLK day? I honestly meant to write something for the holiday..and then got sidetracked like 7 million times and then I come home from work to realize...I goofed. I really need to try and be better at this scheduling my life thing. Haha
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So..you may have noticed my lack of posts the last few days. Well..the main reason was that after my first week at my new job I was exhausted. I am hoping that once I get into a good groove with my routine, I will be back to my old posting self. For the time being though I am asking for you patience. (Thanks in advance)
Also, my friend Kelly and I decided to take a trip yesterday to Columbus, OH. Talk about last minute planning. Haha. We drove down and stopped at a place along the way ( I bought a cream soda..but busted the bottle in the parking lot at Brads.) We had a lot of fun while we were down there. I will be trying to get pictures in order and write up a long post tomorrow. Until then, I hope everyone had a great mail week this past week and again thanks for being patient.
Friday, January 13, 2012
I was reading through my RSS and read a post from the Piccadilly Post blog that was very interesting. It deals with the fact that there was no ceremony to commemorate the release of the Lancaster County $1.05 stamp. How crazy! Why wouldn't you want to promote something like this? Even if for nothing more than just us letter writers or stamp collectors.
If you haven't stopped over to read her article I highly recommend clicking the link above and visiting.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I got my first piece of mail with a New Mexico Statehood Stamp on it. Marguerite from the Piccadilly Post sent me a New Mexico postcard with both the 50th anniversary New Mexico stamp released in 1962 AND the 2012 new issue.
Neat huh? I will be sending something neat your way soon!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
They are called Animails and you can find them not only online, but in select toy stores across the country. I am not sure how big of a hit they are (because they seem relatively new) but the concept totally makes me smile.
Here I am sending rubber ducks and other strange shaped things..when I could have been sending these all along! Ugh. Oh well..there is always time for an Animail. I actually took a look at them in a local toy shop but didn't buy one. (I know...I know...I should have picked one up). I think I may do that as I have a really neat idea of what to do with it once I have it. =)
Have you ever seen these? Would you buy and send them if they were sold near you?
Monday, January 9, 2012
Hey everyone! Today kicks off National Letter Writing week. You know what that means. We all need to write some more letters this week! And maybe try to get our coworkers..or friends...or family to write more letters.
I have decided to mention it to my new coworkers. Hopefully just one will write a letter this week! =)
Who will you write a letter to this week??
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I found this lovely group of items are the Flea Market yesterday. I get the itch to go every once in a while..and even though this indoor one isn't as nice as the outdoor ones we visit, it still holds some wonderful things.
The picture is of striking Air Mail pilots in July of 1919. They were striking because of the poor work conditions and the fact that their planes were recycled from WWI. The worst part was they were forced to fly in horrible conditions and the engines would give out due to the poor weather. This of course caused crashes and thus the strike. The pilots wanted the right to say whether they were comfortable flying in the conditions present. And after the strike they had some say as to whether they would go up.
And of course the picture of the Special Cancellation:
Well I haven't much more information yet. I was going to research this before I wrote up the post..but I got sidetracked and start my new job tomorrow. So I will end this here. Anyone have a good place for me to start my research? I already tried to google search by the images..but no luck so far. I will keep you posted.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Yesterday the USPS released the New Mexico Statehood Stamp featured above. It is in commemoration of 100 years as a state. Now, while this stamp has gotten a lot of hype, how many of you have seen this stamp?
It was released in 1962 to commemorate 50 years. I think it is just as neat as the new one. And I will be picking up some of these on my next trip to the Post Office.
Now remember I told you there was going to be an ongoing contest this year on the blog? Well, I still haven't worked out the prizes. BUT the concept is easy. The first person to send a piece of mail to me with each new stamp released will get a prize. I will do my best to remind you every time there is a new stamp out, but I may forget.
Now the question becomes...what should the prize be? I will have to continue thinking on it. But at any rate..I thought it might be a neat idea. So how about we try it for the New Mexico stamp and see how it goes?
Friday, January 6, 2012
I know that many of you enjoy a nice cup of tea from time to time. Some of you may even enjoy the tea while you are writing letters to your friends. I enjoy more than one cup of tea a day which is why I contacted the Boston Tea Company when I saw that they were looking for bloggers to write reviews.
My favorite thing about the Boston Tea Company is that they have been around since 1773 (think Boston Tea Party). Not only that, but their teas are still plucked by hand and blended using old world techniques. And as if that wasn't enough, all of their teas are Kosher Certified and gluten-free!
My contact at the BTC, Caitlyn, was nice enough to ask if there were any teas I would like to try. Now, let me tell you, they offer all types of tea. Black, Green, Herbal, Red, Chai, Fair Trade, Loose leaf..I could go on. So looking through their tea to find a few I would like to try was no easy task. I wanted to try them all! I settled on a Vanilla Almond Oolong tea (which is loose leaf) and a Bombay Chai (which is also loose leaf). To my surprise I got a box in the mail with not only the teas I requested but three others!
Boston Tea Party tea. It is simply delicious! From the moment you open the canister you can tell it is going to be a great cup of tea. You can smell the spices and slight citrus-y aroma even before you put the teabag into the water. The taste is hard to describe, but it is a must try if you enjoy drinking black teas or teas that have a bit of spice to them. It is not overpowering and I enjoyed it both without anything added and with a tiny bit of sugar. I suspect that the orange pieces help to keep this tea from being too bitter like some black tea blends.
A fun fact about the Boston Tea Party blend, it was a favorite to Jaqueline Kennedy!
Organic Earl Grey Citrus tea was another winner. Though I must say, it was probably my least favorite of the 5. Reason being, I am just not that big on Earl Grey tea to begin with. That said, I did enjoy this tea because it has such an original flavor. The citrus distracts your taste buds from the fact that you are drink Earl Grey. Again, this is nice both ways, as well as cold (you know sometimes you let your tea sit too long between sips...). My next step is to taste the others iced to see how they taste. I will keep you posted. In case you are curious what the teabag looks like when out of the individual wrapping:
Vanilla Almond tea was delicious! Probably one of my favorites from this batch. The neatest thing is that you can actually brew with this full leaf tea twice. So that would be two cups! You can really taste the vanilla, which comes from Madagascar. It was interesting drinking a tea that had almond in it, but overall I cannot complain. The only thing negative I can say about this tea has nothing to do with the tea. My tea ball (again bought at a box store) allows for some small particles to get into the glass. Upon using my new tea canister with insertable strainer that I got for Christmas I can say that no tea leaves get into my mouth. So I recommend using a tighter knit strainer.
Bombay Chai tastes very much like you would expect it to. Just like the Boston Tea Party blend you can smell the aroma the moment you open the pouch (which is resealable by the way). All of my favorite spices are in this tea, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and it also includes anise. I would highly recommend this to any tea drinker who likes chai. Though I prefer this blend with a bit of honey rather than by itself.
I had a lot of fun doing the "research" for this review and I want to thank the Boston Tea Company for sending me samples and allowing me to write this review. I highly recommend them to anyone in the market for new teas. So please take a minute and look through their offerings. And if you decide to order one, let me know if you like it. =)
Thursday, January 5, 2012
You can find a link to the tumblr page by clicking the mailbag underneath the Google+ button in Social Media, OR you can just click here.
Just a quick side note. I will never post your address without your consent. I will also not post pictures of anything I deem to be non-family friendly (I don't really get anything like this..). If you have any questions or concerns PLEASE email me. I promise I really am a nice person. =)
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Two envelopes...but when you put them the right way....
Please tell me you are sending in submissions? If you remember, your piece could be featured on the blog when they are all displayed at the Milk Gallery!
I start with a journal. This one has a hard cover with a pen sleeve on the side (SO HANDY!). If you are interested this journal is actually a Reflexions sketchbook and is similar to a moleskine with heavier weight paper. (It was a gift, but I am thinking I may invest in more like this one.
Again, I don't expect this to work for everyone, but it works for me. I have tried multiple ways to make a mail log, even used a database for a while...but I couldn't get into the habit of marking it down. Somehow computers and letter writing do not mix so well.
You can also read about how the Missive Maven keeps her mail by clicking her name.