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  1. Interesting musings. In tracking my family’s history, I have often been thankful that so many were prolific writers of letters. We have letters from the late 1600s. Letters from the Revolutionary war and the Civil War. The men’s letters from the various fronts and the women’s letters which were the fabric of holding together family relationships with sisters and mothers and cousins they would probably never see again if they had moved as pioneers to the south or west. That struck me strongly. These women said goodbye to everyone and everything they knew and loved, never to see them again, yet kept up with everything through letters. What will we leave our children and their children’s children? E-mails, text messages?

  2. You have brought back many good memories. Nights sitting there with a tablet of air mail paper and writing lengthy letters to people that you never actually met in person but knew well through letters. When they sent photos it was a special treat. And occasionally, very occasionally if you had the money, you could actually call them to say merry Christmas. Did that once and what a thrill (the days when you had to call the operator and then wait for the connection and she would phone you back). It was also something to think of the distance the letters travelled and collecting all of the stamps. You are right, those were the days. Letter writing is, today, a bit of a dying art.

  3. Timely thoughts….that’s what these were for me. My number 3 son has been US Air Force property for just long enough that we received an address for him to receive mail at. Naturally, being “good” parents, we want to write to him during Basic and hear from him as well. There is no other method available, barring the odd phone call, for us to communicate with Jeremy. So, last night, when I wrote today’s blog entry, I stated a thankfulness for the Postal service. Not the first time for me to do so. Likely not the last.

  4. In the electronic age, the decreased use of paper/pen will have repercussions for scholars. Can you imagine studying the e-mail correspondence (not to mention IM’s or Twits) of a modern author? In the absence of letters, the postal service is now the delivery method for JUNK!! It’s sad.

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