After being a member of Postcrossing for 8 months I have reached a milestone; my 50th postcard received! This one comes from the Ukraine. I looked back on my tin of postcards this weekend and I am very happy with my new collection.
We have started a Facebook Event page for our upcoming Postcrossing Meet Up. We hope you can join us. I will have a small 5 pack of Saskatchewan postcards for one lucky attendee to get started. I may gather a few more freebies to give away as we near Jan 21st.
Jeremy and I also listed some new items in our shop this weekend. Some vintage postcards, a journal, a stationery set and this cool book Jeremy found while we were in Edmonton.
This gem is full of examples of letters (almost 400 examples) where you simply change the name a a few minor details of the template and there you have a well written, thoughtful letter using all the right letter writing etiquette. In the Preface, there is a list of hints for the reader to consider when sending correspondence. They are as follows:
1) Always address and date a letter.
2) write distinctly and do not write across your letters.
3) Punctuation is important.
4) The formation of sentences deserves attention.
5) Be natural and do not strive after effect in your correspondence.
6) The frequent underlining of words is a blemish which should be avoided.
7) Too many quotes, dashes and notes of exclamation are unnecessary.
8) It is better to err on the side of over-politeness when addressing gentleman of any position.
9) Come to the point.
10) Huried writing is to be depreciated. A clean, well written letter, free from erasures and unsightly blots implies consideration.
11) Rude or impertinent letters should never be written and of received, should be ignored or returned to the writer.
12) Never say ill natured things in a letter
13) Never use postcards when applying for payment of a debt.
14) Never assume in correspondence the pretence of being a Solicitor. And finally
15) Fold your letter up carefully. Do not crease it up to make it fit in a small envelope. Use, rather a large one so that the sheet of paper may be unsoiled and smooth. Put the stamp on straight and fasten the envelope firmly.
Now how's that for covering the basics?