We've got mail!

by brae  

Today, my car needed its scheduled maintenance, so I packed my bag of minis and headed over there for a three-hour tour (Gilligan's Island theme song now firmly in my head.) They have a desk/office area cordoned off for some privacy, so I was able to work comfortably. Sometimes I sit in one of the comfy lounge chairs and stitch, but today was Mail Call day.

Someone was kind enough to leave their dirty coffee cup behind, but it worked well for a mini trash can. Kismet litter (good punk band name). haaaaaaaaaa

For the past couple of weeks, I've done some scouting about online and found a few different sites that had scanned letters and their corresponding envelopes. There is also a wealth of postcards, both mailed and unused, listed for sale online. I tried to limit the ones I printed to true 1917 dates, except for a few that I loved and wanted to include. Here are the letters. They are true to scale and not legible, but they add a nice touch.

I did print envelopes, but my guidelines were so faint that I am going to reprint those for another day. I did manage to get one matched reasonably well.

The letters are glued shut, but I like knowing there is a true letter inside.

I cut out the postcard fronts and corresponding backs as pairs so I wouldn't have to play an impossible match game later.

I pasted them back to back for a true postcard facsimile. This is one I fudged - this is a postcard that had a blank back, but I needed the bunnies in my post office.

Assembling these will be good busy work for TV time.

Miniature Collector magazine had printies in their magazines, and I pulled a whole bunch from the recent magazine stash that was gifted to me by a generous reader. One was a sampling of the 1902 Burpee's Farm Annual. The magazine has a copyright date of March 2007.

It included a large envelope to hold the mailer, an order form and a return envelope.

It's a lovely set, and the notes indicate you are allowed to copy or have a copy service reprint for personal use. Since the magazine paper is a little shinier than I would like, I think I will do just that and make up a bunch. :]

12 comments

Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
So tiny... Wow.
10/06/19 @ 09:48
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Love it all! :D
10/06/19 @ 13:03
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
The tiny mail will make a lovely detail to add to the already wonderfully detailed counter. Will the mail wagon have mail as well? That's a whole lotta mail..
10/06/19 @ 13:55
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Ha ha! Three Hour Touareg! I think Weird Al might like that one! Great way to make use of your wait time, and someday, someone will find, like a tiny time capsule, the tiny envelopes with letters inside and be delighted (or think miniaturists are really weird, and we are)! It just makes us happy to know that if we should ever find ourselves inside a tiny post office, cottage, or whatever, it will seem as real to real life size as possible. Great work!
10/06/19 @ 15:08
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Wow, Brae, as usual, I am awed at your perfection orientation! The letters to go inside the envelopes... even though they will not be viewable... you, and now We know they are there!!! I just Love it!!! :)
10/06/19 @ 22:28
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I love the bunnies! The letters and post cards will be wonderful in the little slots.
10/07/19 @ 12:48
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
Magazines and farm catalogs too!
10/08/19 @ 20:56
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, everyone! :>>

I'm glad you all like the details as much as I do. Yes, the wagon will have some mail, too. And, Jeanne, I'm already on it. :yes:
10/09/19 @ 00:00
Comment from: Irene McCulloch [Visitor]
Fab detail and an excellent little addition. A great wee project to do while waiting on your car - excellent idea!
10/09/19 @ 09:11
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
Such a great collection of mail. You have given us a great lesson on how to create mail. Thank you.
10/09/19 @ 17:13
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
I think we need a psychologist (or psychiatrist) to explain why we feel we need real letters inside an envelope that very probably no-one will ever open, but we do!!! They are a delight and, happily, are recorded here. I did the very same thing on a previous project... and also made the postcards, so I remember the pleasure those teeny prefect things gave me, multiplied by the knowledge they they once came from some very real person writing down their thoughts.
11/05/19 @ 16:15
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>>

Yes, it's very satisfying to see the halo of print through the tiny envelope. The camera doesn't capture it well, but you can see it in person on a few of the envelopes.
11/14/19 @ 15:14


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