in the mail

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stamps. mail. packages. paper. string. labels. writing. they all interest me. over the years when I travel I have actually mailed packages back to myself. empty pacakges no less. quite the confession, no? the united states postal service has so many restrictions on mailing a package. i have found none when mailing packages from other countries. take string for instance. forget about using string in the united states. when dealing with postal clerks in new york city, it might be better to have a root canal. mailing a package is trying experience here in new york. every clerk seems to have their own rules. I have had one clerk refuse to mail my package and then returned to the line and gotten a different clerk and they accepted it. crazy. anyway I love seeing the markings they occur when a package is sent. in attending postal shows i learned so much about cancelations and their purmutations. there are dozen of books devoted to the subject. since i have been an avid ebayer and purchasing stuff worldwide i tend to save the packing envelopes. save. collect? that question is most certainly future post. i have dozen upon dozen of these envelopes and packages. why? i wish i knew.

stamps. mail. packages. paper. string. labels. writing. they all interest me. over the years when i travel i have actually mailed packages back to myself. empty pacakges no less. quite the confession, no? the united states postal service has so many restrictions on mailing a package. i have found none when mailing packages from other countries. take string for instance. forget about using string in the united states. when dealing with postal clerks in new york city, it might be better to have a root canal. mailing a package is a trying experience here in new york. every clerk seems to have their own rules. i have had one clerk refuse to mail my package and then returned to the line and gotten a different clerk and they accepted it. crazy. anyway i love seeing the markings that occur when a package is sent. in attending postal shows i learned so much about cancelations and their purmutations. there are dozen of books devoted to the subject. since i have been an avid ebayer and purchasing stuff worldwide i tend to save the packing envelopes. save. collect? that question is most certainly a future post. i have dozen upon dozen of these envelopes and packages. why? i wish i knew.

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  1. I hear ya brother. I have envelopes from when I was at summer camp in the 70′s. It has to be a love of typography and patina mixed with a smattering of OCD and ADD. Your stringed top package is especially nice, and I have a feeling whoever mailed it was a kindred spirit.
    On another note, coincidentally I have a friend named Don Lindgren who owns an amazing bookshop with vast amounts of interesting ephemera, and oddly enough we were just talking about bookseller labels a few weeks ago. You may even know each other, but if not you absolutely should:
    http://www.rabelaisbooks.com/about%20us.html

    Comment by John Meyers — 10/08/2009 LINK TO THIS COMMENT


  2. love the fact that you got back in the same line and shipped okay! the same has happened to me in many southern california post offices.

    thanks for making the internet better!

    Comment by ~m — 11/08/2009 LINK TO THIS COMMENT


  3. I am so with you about the wonder of mail! And being in NYC, I totally get the challenge of the post office. Although, I will say, after seeing most of the postal clerks in my post office daily for quite some time…I think I now get them and they get me!

    Comment by Seth — 14/08/2009 LINK TO THIS COMMENT


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