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Envelopes and handwriting

When I receive hand-addressed mail from the US or Canada, I am excited. It's probably a letter from a friend or a card from my family!

When I received hand-addressed mail from England, I am not excited. I am charmed, but not excited, because nearly all of the hand-addressed mail I receive from England is from my bank there. They don't hand address regular statements, but do with anything else - new checkbooks, change of policy brochures, or today's arrival - my new chip+pin card.


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Feb. 24th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Have they started to put return addresses on the front of their envelopes? The Post Office guy today said that I had to add the return address or the Canadian post service would refuse to accept it. The dangers of an envelope of family snapshots floating, unreturnable, through the postal service are clearly much greater than one might suspect.
Feb. 24th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
No, they have not. I'd be happier if they did. I was indoctrinated early on in my life in the powerful usefulness of return addresses. They are something I Believe In.
Feb. 25th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Indeed. I even worked briefly at Canada Post, and found the proper labelling where even handwritten addresses take only 1 or 2 days to reach next door or across the province. Very useful. :)

I've seen lately some greeting cards (nothing else is that size) discarded in teh apartment complex lobby near the mailboxes with "Return to Sender - recipient moved" written hastily by the current tenant... and absolutely no return address, corner or back, anywhere. So, I wondered briefly, how does the current tenant think this will ever get back to a completely unknown sender? They have higher faith than me in the Post.. or deeper ignorance.

I was happy of return addresses the few times I've forgotten to put a stamp on the envelope. Or the one time, I forgot to put an addressee...
Feb. 25th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
The Return to Sender label with no sender seems astonishingly thoughtless on the part of those who bothered to write it.

Enough people move, and leave no forwarding address, that it is always worth having a return address. If nothing else, having the letter returned means that I know it wasn't received and can't possibly expect a reply.
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