Today’s letter comes from Robin Carter at R&B Printery in Spartanburg, S.C. I knew it would be special as soon as I realized not only was the note that she sent me letterpressed, but so was the heavy mailer everything was tucked into (contents shown below).IMG_4880The note reads:

Sarah, We love being a part of the resurgence of the handwritten note. At R&B Printery, we strive to educate, encourage and inspire the slower, more intentional connections that go along with the sending of snail mail.

This thank-you note is one in a series that we hand set with antique metal type and ran on a press from 1906. We love that you can see the slight imperfections in the old type. Enjoy! Robin

Thanks so much for writing in Robin! I love the idea that slower can be better — it’s definitely not just about food. Tucked into the letterpressed portfolio shown above are these four very fun “cheers” cards, perfect for a future correspondent. All the work has a really nice bite to it.

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I see from the R&B Printery site that the company’s paper and envelopes (and even portfolios & mailers) are made with eco-friendly, recycled paper content. So I thought this set of Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Papers from Mohawk would be perfect for Robin. Proudly made in the U.S.A., the set showcases the two vintage shades of white, Ultimate White and Soft White, and two rich colors, Smoke Gray and Chino, all graced with letterpressed versions of the company’s thistle trademark.

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Thank you so much to you both! It has been really rewarding to see this letter-writing campaign, which I originally envisioned as something I would generate sponsors for separately, evolve into a pay it forward initiative. Not that you have to donate anything … but donations are always welcome!

So write in to get some free swag for yourself. Just send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. I will share it here, and then send you even more stationery!

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