And now, the Gallery-O-Handwritten (well, mostly handwritten) Awesomeness:
Clockwise from top left (with selected ones singled out below):
- "Snail Mail My Email" letter (a concept I discussed earlier) from Susan and Tom
- Door County (Wisconsin) postcard from Shirley
- Bear-o-gram--a very cool paper bear sculpture that came in an envelope with assembly instructions--from Jane in New Zealand
- Iceberg Lake (Glacier National Park) postcard from my father
- Clog postcard (!) from Jean
- Fenway Park (Boston) postcard from Mike
- Minneapolis postcard from Sebastian
- Postcard with a lovely drawing of a restaurant by Jane in New Zealand
- Lefse postcard (by Minneapolis's favorite illustrator, Adam Turman) from, uh, Garrison Keillor (see below)
- San Diego postcard from Susan and Tom
Okay, now a few close-ups, with notes. First of all, that bear-o-gram. That's one adorable and sharp-looking, bear, no? And it looks no worse for the wear despite the long journey from New Zealand:
Then there's this, from my friend Sebastian, who works at the intersection of technology and travel:
|Does the use of a handwriting font make this better or worse? Discuss.|
And that sweet lefse postcard is, as mentioned, signed by Garrison Keillor ... whose handwriting looks suspiciously similar to that of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison:
|It says: "Doug--Love the blog! As you are aware, I'm looking |
for someone to take over for me as host of A Prairie Home Companion.
Interested? You'll have to work on your stereotypes of Minnesotans.
Best, Garrison Keillor."
Susan and Tom, who live on a boat, sent this to me after I posted about the "Snail Mail My Email" program a while back. (Basically, you email your note to someone else, who then does the writing and mailing for you.) I was ambivalent ... okay, no, I kind of thought it was absurd, offering the appearance of a handwritten note without the effort. But Susan and Tom make a valid point: not everyone has easy access to a post office or otherwise finds it hard to send mail the old-fashioned way (like, say, if you live on a boat).
And finally, baseball fans NOT from Boston will enjoy this postcard from Mike, sent about a week before the regular season ended (with the Red Sox, indeed, pulling an epic collapse):
So. Who's next?