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Go Analog With Your Electronic Communications
August 11, 2011
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Remember letters? A long time ago, sending a message to a friend or loved one involved actually sitting down and writing something on a piece of paper, and then putting that piece of paper into an envelope, sticking it into in a box, and waiting for a government employee to pick it up and take it all the way to the recipient's home or office.

Not nearly as efficient as the current system (type, click, and you're there), but the people behind a public art project called Snail Mail My Email are trying to remind people of the benefits and romance of a hand-written letter. The idea is simple: email them a short message, and they'll write it up and send it out for you, free of charge. They'll even add a doodle of your choice, a lipstick kiss, or a spray of perfume - or any other reasonable request you can think of.


Snail Mail My Email was started by Ivan Cash, a designer based in San Francisco. He got the idea when he noticed that he'd stopped writing letters entirely in the age of texting and Facebook. As he told CNN, "we move in such a fast-paced world that, sometimes, that world can feel kind of cold and impersonal." It looks like the romantics of the world agree - 90% of the emails received so far have been love letters. The project runs from July 15-August 15, so you can still send in a short note.

Image via Snail Mail My Email's Flickr.


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