Musings of a letter writer, stamp user and occasional Postcrosser

Musings of a letter writer, stamp user and occasional Postcrosser

By Mia Griffiths

One of the best things I like about postage stamps is that they are used to send letters, postcards and parcels around the world. You see, I am one of the lucky ones who receives nice letters and postcards, but in order for that to happen, I have to be willing to send mail too.

I am a snailmail addict, a fan of correspondence. I seek out new stamp issues from nice post offices and have met a lovely now retired sub-postmaster who worked for some philatelic companies in London.

I remember some of my childhood, recalling my mother and her brother sharing a correspondence across continents. I saw such beautiful stamps on those letters. I had the opportunity at school to get penfriends and was surprised to receive letters from Singapore, France and Germany… Exams, university and life put my interest in stamps and letters on the back-burner until 2008 when I discovered pen-friendship sites on the Internet. I also discovered Postcrossing, the postcard exchange project now immortalised on some countries’ stamps.


The wonderful array of stamps used has drawn me back to stamp collecting too. I’ve received lenticular stamps from Finland, scented stamps, stamps of nature and landscape, heroes and villains…

Not only can a letter cheer someone up, the postage stamps used can make it extra special: one penfriend recently wrote thanking me, “for that awesome Queen of Hearts stamp!! It’s so pretty and definitely in the top three of the stamps I’ve received so far. I squealed in delight upon seeing it, no joke!!”
You may be thinking how to join in this hobby. Postcrossing is a wonderful project and ideal if you are interested in postcards. You do not know where you’ll receive postcards from. I’ve received postcards from Iceland, Brazil, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Latvia, Hong Kong and many many more.
If you are interested in letters, there are various websites where you can post a profile and browse others hoping to find a penfriend. Also, for the last few Februarys, I have been part of two similar projects: A Month of Letters (LetterMo); and International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo). I have found some interesting penfriends through both projects. So, why don’t you pick up a pen and join me in bringing smiles to people’s faces all around the world with letters just for them!

Mia also has her own blog

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