mailbox makeovers

132  4Biskit spotted these mailboxes in Atlanta, getting switched out.

Dear scuffed up mailboxes,

Thank you for your service. You deserve a spa day like your bright blue comrades on the left side of the truck just received.

Love, Viva Snail Mail

peanuts stamps!

Ok I am not trying to rush you in to Christmas mode when we are in the glorious days of early autumn but I am just so excited about these newly issued stamps!



If you like them as much as I do and are a Christmas card sender, order them now and then you’ll be all set in December. The one with Charlie Brown looking in to the mailbox? Its meta magic!

mary mail


Happy September! Life has been moving at the speed of a cheetah, not a snail. I am looking forward to getting back to the routines of paper mail- making, sending, receiving. And reflecting! That’s what this blog is for, to share with you the art and craft of paper correspondence.

So to kick off autumn and a recommitment to paper mail, we have a giveaway of the book, Mary & Me, A Lasting Link Through Ink, written by Mary Potter Kenyon and Mary Jedlicka Humston, who have been writing letters to each other though out their 30 year friendship.

Send me some paper mail and tell me a correspondence story of your own. The first mail I receive will win a copy of this lovely memoir. Two winners- you, who gets a book and me, who gets some mail!

Melissa Lohman-Wild Viva Snail Mail! PO Box 23 Kensington Station Brooklyn, NY 11218

tree mail

Read this sweet article! In Melbourne, Australia the city assigned email addresses to their trees so people could report problems. But instead, tree enthusiasts wrote love letters to their favorite trees. Thousands of them. And the trees wrote back!

In this instance email is probably a better medium for communication than paper, unless one uses recycled paper. I mean, would you try to woo a cow by taking it out for a steak?

human mail


My sister sent me these photos with this caption:

In 1913 it was legal to mail children. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn’t take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail.

That may be true but according to these photos are staged. However there is a great children’s book called Mailing May that is apparently based on a true story. Set in 1914, A little girl travels by postal train to visit her grandmother. Much cheaper than buying a regular train ticket!