Collecting Through The Mail
I have been pen palling since the 5th grade. I got hooked on it by a teacher who introduced it to the class. I of course got so hooked on it that I hunted down pen pals from teen magazines, from other pen pals and any other place I could find them along the way. I am not bragging but I thought you would like to know I had 368 pen pals which means I have a total of 1,708 letters (a photo album with a total 127 photos) between 1989 to 2001. I find a pen pal who wants to write to me then write for awhile. Then the person looses interest or forgets to write, and I find a another person to write to or someone finds me. The cycle continues as the years go on. I have kept every letter I have received from the people I have communicated with. When I went off to college I slowly lost interest in writing by snail mail and switched to email. I keep in touch with people more by snail mail then e-mail. The problem with email is that it is not as personal as snail mail. The many reasons why I like postal pen pals is that when I get a letter it is like a mini gift to me that I enjoy opening, people can trade things back and forth, it can be more creative, informative, entertaining, can send presents, cards, I can keep better track of who is writing to me and you can save the letter with the envelope. I have never met any of the people I have written to I wish I could in the future. There is tons more reasons but I do not want to bore you.
I trade through the mail while pen paling. I trade/collect postcards, Fb's, Deco's, Slams,and newsletters/magazines devoted to pen palling. I am looking for friendship/pen pal/newsletters/magazines pertaining to the hobby or have pen pal lists. The magazines/newsletters can be new or old doesn't matter from around the world that are in English and in good shape. I will pay for the postage of the newsletters that are sent to me.
Some of the items I am searching for to help my postcard collection:
What bookmarks I collect now:
Some items I am searching for to help my bookmark collection:
What Foreign Money I collect now: all kinds
What Business Card I collect now: