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Handmade Correspondence in the Twenty-First Century

Jan 9, 2008

by miscelena

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My grandmother’s refrigerator was always covered with handmade cards we kids had sent to her as thank you messages for presents.  She and my mother taught us the value of handmade things – and how to return the favor by sending a hand-written thank you note in return.  

In today’s world, sometimes buying a card, locating a pen that still writes, jotting a note, finding a stamp and getting to a mail box can seem like a lot of work, especially when a couple of clicks will send your thoughts and feelings around the globe in seconds. Who can even keep track of postal rates, after all?  


Bicycle Card Set
by vanessakimball

Snail mail greetings on one-of-a-kind handmade cards have gone the way of the dodo, haven’t they? Not quite.

There’s a community of artists and crafters who are using the internet to both acquire unique correspondence materials – like handmade greeting cards – and to find friends with whom to exchange them.  Upon receipt, members post photos of their handmade greetings to share the cards with others.  


Cool Blue Leaves Personalized Stationery Set
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But you don’t have to send something around the world to honor the dying art of hand-written correspondence. Perhaps you could write out your New Year’s greetings on some handmade cards available from the EtsyGreetings Street Team. (Or anywhere else on Etsy!)


Personalized Stationery Set of 8 by InvitaPaperStudio

Further Resources:
History of Mail Art
Flickr.com/groups/LetterLovers
Nervousness.org
PostCrossing.com
EtsyGreetings.blogspot.com

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5 comments

  • kalliART

    kalliART said 9 years ago

    I agree - it's important to me to make and send a thank you note of appreciation after receiving gifts. I've done thank you emails before, and they just felt a little weak, being one of a zillion emails you will get a year.

  • theseawithin

    theseawithin said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article! I love the art of letter writing and handmade cards. Paper goods are what I buy most on Etsy!

  • happydaystudio

    happydaystudio said 9 years ago

    Nice article, miscelena! :) If you don't have the time to create a handmade card to send, the EtsyGreetings Team has really put their hearts and souls into these little works of art! Very special to send, and receive! :)

  • geauxorganic

    geauxorganic said 9 years ago

    very nice, but you forgot one of my favorites, and she needs to be recognized!! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8488914

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 9 years ago

    You couldn't have put it better. Thanks for reiterating the importance of the fine art of letter writing!

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