When I was a kid I used to help my Nanna soak the postage stamps. She'd collect them for charity and we'd sit at the dining room table on the farm and spend an entire afternoon preparing them. I had a small stamp collection and I'd take the stamps I liked best and/or didn't already have and add them to my album. I still have that stamp collection, in storage somewhere. I was always fascinated by the postmarks and I'd get excited when mail had originated from a location I'd not heard of before. The majority of the stamps I'd soak as a child were Australian and it was mind-boggling to imagine they'd traveled so far, because as a kid Australia just seemed like an endless expanse. Those stamps were an early introduction to geography.
Today I soaked stamps to be used in a mail art project, but these days most of the stamps I receive come from other countries. I still love to read the postmarks, though, and marvel at the distance they've covered.
Written correspondence has been a hobby of mine for a long time, & Monday Mail Out is a weekly feature whereby I can share my love for the lost art of letter writing. I hope my experiences will encourage others to send out letters on Monday too, and have them rediscover the joy of sending and receiving mail. If you have a blog, feel free to join in.