BY AUGUST 15 Snail Mail My Email

Transcribed and mailed email via the Snail Mail project.

I’m a big fan snail mailing notes to friends and family. From my end, the sender’s side of things, it can be almost as immediate as email— the friend comes to mind cuz I see something that reminds me of them or remember a good time we had or recall a post I saw on their FB wall, whatever the catalyst, I can grab a postcard, write a note and stamp it in about as much time as it might take to send an email if my computer is off or my wireless router being a jerk.

Then they get a personal, tangible hello-thought from me in the mail… something they might not be able to click to load but they can hold in their hands and touch. I like the idea that the moment I was thinking about them is exponentially elongated. I write it down. It exists beyond my brain — paper is involved not just synapses. Then I send it and it travels through lots of places… it’s now a well-traveled thought. Then it arrives many days later than when it was generated and it’s resurrected by my friend who experiences it for the first time. Then they respond to it — whether it be a smile, an email, a thought sent back to me over the psyche super-highway of vibrations. Whatever it is, the thought has now chain reacted into so much more than it was a week before when I thought of the friend.

If you have the same adoration for letter writing, then you’ll fall in love with this month-long public art project called Snail Mail My Email. And, if you do NOT have an “appreciation for the lost art of letter writing,” you need to let this project try to get you to remember the power of the pen. Here’s their MO:

Snail Mail My Email is a month-long (July 15 – August 15), interactive community art project which seeks to both share the warm-fuzzy feeling of receiving a personalized letter as well as inspire people to send their own snail mail. Anyone with internet access can partake by simply sending an email, after which the very same message will be handwritten and physically mailed to the chosen recipient anywhere in the world, completely free of charge. In a culture overrun with instant gratification and on-demand services, this project cultivates appreciation for the lost art of letter writing.

I love this postage included business. Bam! You can also get one “custom option” per letter — stuff like a lipstick kiss or a doodle. The project, intended to reinvigorate appreciation for letter writing, is a world-wide enterprise with letters having been sent all over the world. I bet being one of those volunteers is so fun and strange. They are a part of strangers lives in this sorta intimate way of handwriting personal correspondence… and doodlefying it too.

An example of a Snail Mailed email from their Flicker feed.

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2 Responses to “BY AUGUST 15 Snail Mail My Email”

  1. Briel K. Says:

    Wow! What a cool project. I wish more people used snail mail these days. It’s always nice to get a postcard or a letter the old fashioned way. 🙂

  2. Gabe Says:

    Agreed!

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