The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

Letters, especially hand-written ones, are fast becoming an historic phenomenon. The excitement that comes with receiving a letter correlates to the amount of time waiting for it. And if it is a handwritten letter, it is almost as if that person is spending some time with us, as we hear their voice in our head when we read their words, with their own personal inflections and mannerisms.

Letters in all forms are wonderful. I used to be an avid writer, as was my family, and have many copies of my old letters from penfriends.

I have dug through my photo library to find some unusual examples:

balloon post

Unusual: A letter from Hungary and a souvenir postcard from New Zealand


Unusual text and sayings: Postcards from over 100 years ago belonging to my grandmother

Vintage postcards

The postcard on the right says: Folkestone Markets. I don’t even know where Folkestone is, but I am thinking it is in the UK????

But the best of all is this one:

antique postcards

Antique postcards

and this from grandfather to my grandmother over 100 years ago. Who says Victorian/Georgian times were prudish?

In Norway, they were leaving letters, of another sort, on furniture:


and in Australia: the ‘larrikin’ sense of humour lives on in these unusual letter boxes:


Thunderbirds are go!!!



Horse mailbox

Quirky Horsemen living here?



Must be some Norwegian Australians living here :P

Must be some Norwegian Australians 😛


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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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17 Responses to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

  1. M-R says:

    You got some real good things in your files, Amanda ! 🙂


  2. bkpyett says:

    Loved your photos. Have you been to Tasmania? They have some lovely letter boxes on the trip between Forth and Sheffield.


  3. Love your take on the theme 🙂


  4. znjavid says:

    Very interesting photos!


  5. Great photos. Folkstone is a port in England – I left England there to go on a ferry to Denmark I think. 😀


  6. What fun! Those are great examples. I’m a letter-lover myself and still send postcards and other cards fairly often.



  7. Woolly Muses says:

    Always enjoy having a look at mailboxes, Amanda.


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