fancy a swap?
17 June 2008
I’ve been thinking lately, how nice it is to get a letter. To find an envelope in the letter box, with my name written on the front, not typed, not postage-paid, no window on the front, no ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘to the householder’, no requests for money. Just a letter. A letter that’s about me and the writer. A letter that exists only because the writer felt moved to tell someone about something. And I got to thinking, if I organised a letter swap, would you like to join in, and get a letter for yourself?
I thought it could work like this:
- each swap particpant is emailed three names and addresses
- the participant writes a letter to each of the three. You can write about whatever you like, but you have to write by hand, and on nice stationery of some sort
- post your letters, sit back and wait for three letters to arrive for you
- and write three replies to those letter
So over the course of the swap, each participant will write 6 letters and receive 6 letters. And I bet that’s 6 more letters than you’ve received in the last 6 months, isn’t it?
If you’re keen, leave a comment and if there’s enough people to make it work, I will get organising.
Images in this post come from the National Archives of Australia, catalogue numbers C4078, N11018 and C4078, N10354