I got a piece of mail today that made me really, really, happy. And I’ll tell you why:
I can’t leave them alone; they go in and out and in and out of their very cool antique-looking wax envelopes. I organize them by theme, by denomination, by possible mailing configurations. How can you come by a wealth of squeal-inducing stamps, you ask? The answer, friend, is in the town of Weed, CA.
I read about Errol Murphy on a couple of other letter writing websites, where everyone unanimously gushed over his stamps and vouched for his trustworthiness. Actually, I really like how Murph does business—no credit cards, paypal, internet nonsense, etc.—just simple person-to-person communication and an implicit expectation of honorable dealings. Very in the spirit of letter writing. Actually, just very in the spirit of civilized communication and interaction.
Email Murph at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you’d like to buy some stamps from him. He sells them at face value, and charges an extra $0.44 to cover the cost of shipping a $20 minimum’s worth of unusual stamps. Once you’ve given him your address and any themes you want him to look out for (I asked for literature, dance, circus, and space), all you have to do is stick a personal check in the mail and anticipate the goodies on their way to your mailbox. He mailed my stamps the very next day, before he even received my check.
One last story about Murph:
Remember how I said I lived on an old street, with old trees, in an old neighborhood? Think pre-American revolution and American folklore. When Murph saw my address he affixed these stamps to the envelope.
Yeah. I live there.
Anyway, I’m so excited to use these stamps ! I want them to go to good, safe homes. Does anyone out there keep their letters? Or do your letters eventually end their journeys in the dustbin? I know my sisters are good candidates. Anyone else, speak up! I’m adding this slideshow to showcase some of my favorites! (Anyone know how to selectively choose pictures for slideshows?)