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Do you look forward to going to your mailbox each day? If not, The Letter Exchange can help! Whether you want to discuss contemporary events or brag about your cat, connect with other crafters or compare opinions on the latest bestseller, you'll find great penfriends by subscribing to "LEX".

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LEX explores the world of letters and letter writing in each issue. We've featured Ronald Reagan's official pen pal, an elf who answers children's letters in Minneapolis, a letter written by Helen Keller at the age of 12, cartoons about pen palling from subscribers, quotes from famous letter writers of the past, a timeline of postcard never know what will show up! Plus Lexers share their letter-writing experiences in "Letters to LEX".

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The peculiar charm of letters — perhaps also, their greatest value — is brought home to us when they are familiar, unstudied expressions of thought and feeling; when they betray no sense of a larger audience than the friends for whom alone they were written. — Edward T. Mason

Issue 35 is in the mail!

The Letter Exchange, Autumn 2014
Autumn 2014, #35


Ghost Letters... Fire up your imagination.
Music to One's Ear... The International Letter-Writing Competition.
Writing between the Lines... Lots of ideas for making mail art.
Letters to LEX... Gifts and stamps and more.
Tiny Quotes... This year's collection of LEX mailbag snippets.
The World of Letters... A peek at 17th century spelling and punctuation.
The Science behind the Stamp... Those colors are more than just pretty.
Listings Part 2

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Previous Issues

We forward letters to listings back to Issue 1, Summer 2003. Many listers are still looking for new correspondents!