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Introductions / Re: Greetings from Southern California!
« on: Today at 01:56:11 PM »
@HeidiB Oh no! I never received it!  I just took a look through my messages and I don't see anything from you.  Feel free to resend or email me directly!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: November 13, 2019, 04:24:14 PM »
The seal on the back was called a wafer. The early ones were created out of a "batter of fine wheaten flour, the gluten of which is of an adhesive nature, mixed with white of egg, isinglass, and coloring agents..." (from Western Writing Implements by Michael Finlay)  This mixture was heated and pressed into a sheet, which, when dry, was cut into circles, and other shapes. It was licked and helped hold the paper together. They were sold in boxes in various colors, and shapes.

Wafers fell out of favor around 1840 when the gummed envelop came into fashion, about the same time as postage stamps. Some less complex wafers, which were really just gummed pieces of paper and which imitated earlier wax seals were still sold. That may be what you have, but it could be an earlier form, it's hard to tell from the photo.

@AAAndrew this is fascinating - thank you for sharing.  My first thought was that it'd be neat to try to make a wafer, but then I read about isinglass.  Hmm.

Introductions / Re: Hello From Canada
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:18:52 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Bev!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:17:32 PM »
Wow!!!  I love that these even smaller pieces are making it through.  @Erica McPhee, I love the tiny mail exchange idea!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: November 05, 2019, 02:50:39 PM »
My friendly clerk at the post office hand cancelled it and tossed it into the bin with the other hand cancelled items including packages--no special handling. Happy it didn't get lost in the rolling cart as big as four bales of hay.

It actually is impressive it didn't get lost in there!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: November 05, 2019, 02:46:11 PM »
Interestingly, it arrived in about a week, which is typical for mail from here to CA, although not as fast as the previous postcard of standard size. It's obvious it was handled by a human--a second cancellation, which was unnecessary. In fact, if I were to hazard a guess, I would guess that that angry-looking scribble of a cancellation was done by someone who is not a fan of "art mail." Why take the time to desecrate such a beautiful stamp? A simple line or two would have sufficed. As Jean mentioned, some people in the USPS are fans of "art mail", and some are not.

Yes, I was a bit amused at the time difference, noting that the second one, which took longer, was more on par with standard delivery time.  If anything, I'd have thought it'd take longer because of the non-standard size.

I was not, however, amused by the (as you noted) unnecessary cancellation, especially because of how much I love the stamp you used.  It was already hand cancelled, but perhaps a second person thought it didn't cover the stamp enough.  Still, a bit much.  Once I received something that was similarly marked up, but the pen marks were so deep you could see through to the other side - LOTS of aggression went into that! 

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: November 04, 2019, 06:46:55 PM »
@AnasaziWrites Look at what just showed up!  I am so impressed and delighted!  Your writing is really wonderful to look at at this tiny size (well, at any size).  I just had to post it here.  Such fun!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:35:23 PM »
@AnasaziWrites Interestingly, there wasn't a barcode on it.  The only marking was the postmark.  Yes, the speed in which it got here was astonishing!  I'll keep an eye out for the next one.

I am safe, and all my family is safe, thank you.  This is proving to becoming a difficult time of year here.

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: October 30, 2019, 12:44:20 PM »

I received the postcard you sent on the 25th with the 1/18th inch x-height.  Quite legible!!  And it actually came on the 28th, I believe, but I wasn't able to post because of the power outages here.  So, not only did it make it, but it did so in very good time. 

I love the postcard, by the way!

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: October 23, 2019, 04:20:55 PM »
The minimum size requirement is 5"x3.5", but we could still see if the tiny writing works!  I'll PM you.

Spencerian Script / Re: Writing Small
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:00:40 PM »
I love it!!  And the stamp.  So, it looks to be a little over 2" tall?  I wish we could send mini mail like that now!

Show & Tell / Re: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
« on: October 22, 2019, 11:33:12 AM »
What an impressive piece!!  Thank you for sharing.

I hope you've come to accept and possibly even like your new tattoo.  I suspect your students will enjoy the story if you choose to tell it.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Germany/Malaysia
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:29:55 PM »

Welcome to the forum!  You're in the company of many people here with bad handwriting (but beautiful calligraphy) and a love of history, myself included. 


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: NYC - Calligraphy Resources?
« on: October 20, 2019, 08:50:04 PM »
I am so glad you asked this question. I'll be there next month and was wondering the same thing.  Happy travels!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Neck Pain
« on: October 20, 2019, 08:45:22 PM »
That's wonderful news!!

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