help share your passion about letter writingWritten by tamara stevens, BA
The unwritten “reality” of letter writing
You may wonder why I have chosen this title of this post. Well from my experience is that it is really hard to put feeling into words about what letter writing means to me. Letter writing is becoming a lost art on many levels. It is fading into background of society. It is still practised by many people. It is those people that I am looking to connect with. I have been told by many people whom have read my posts that they feel same way about letter writing as I do. I want to hear from those people what they feel; I want to hear their words. I think that it is so important that we embrace things that we are passionate about. In this case, I want people from all walks of life, all over world. Put a pen to paper that is letter writing; pen pals, snail mail whatever it is you call it and tell your story about what writing and receiving actual physical mail in mail box means to you. For me I love whole process from finding kwel and interesting stationary, note cards, ticklopes (they are so cute) to stickers, to colour full envelopes to tuckins to put in envelopes. For me it is to make others happy to see a letter to them in their box.
Collecting Antique Maps - A Beginner's GuideWritten by Neil Street
California wasn’t always attached to west coast of North American continent. It used to be an island. At least, that’s what mapmakers, mostly European, believed for about 100 years, from around 1650 to 1750. So that’s how they drew it on their maps. The “Island of California,” as it is commonly called, is just one of innumerable collecting niches that are possible in increasingly popular field of antique map collecting.
Antique map collecting is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, which is perhaps one reason why there is such an enormous amount of material, from affordable to prohibitively expensive, in circulation today. Two reasons for popularity of antique map collecting are that antique maps appeal to a broad spectrum of people (for a variety of reasons) and they make very attractive framed pieces that can be enjoyed by many.
The wide range of antique maps available today means that a novice can easily enter field, although hopefully armed with a little caution and common sense. The best place to begin is with some reading. Two excellent books for beginning collector are Collecting Old Maps by Francis J. Manasek, and Collecting Antique Maps: An Introduction to History of Cartography, by Jonathan Potter. Both are available by visiting VintageMaps.Com at http://www.vintagemaps.com