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The Writers' Block        

Japanese woman writing a letter
Woman Writing a Letter
color woodcut, 1850 - 1851 by Japanese artist Tsunoda Kunisada

I am so desperately indignant with you for writing me that short apology for a note, and pretending to suppose that under any circumstances I could fail to read with interest anything you wrote to me, that I have more than half a mind to inflict a regular letter upon you. If I were not the gentlest of men I should do it!

— Charles Dickens

Letters & Letter Writing

Letter Writing Guide... tips for writing letters, including "friendly letters" – that's us!
Search Powell's Books for hundreds of collections of historical and famous letters, books about letter writing...
The Missive Maven... a blog with links to resources; letter-writing, postal, postcard, and mail art blogs; stationery, and much more.
Rivertrout... a library of letters.
Letters of Note... correspondence deserving of a wider audience.

Getting it Right

Wikipedia... looking for a name, a date, or an explanation? Wikipedia is free!
Merriam-Webster Online... a dictionary and thesaurus for when you need just the right word.

The Post Office

Postage Rate Calculator... USPS domestic and international postage calculator.
Zipcode Lookup... find a US ZIP code by entering an address.
The Postal Store... buy stamps and stamp-inspired products from the USPS online.
Canada Post... choose French or English.
Australia Post... the Australian postal service.
Royal Mail... the United Kingdom's postal service.

Pen Pal Sites

Handicapped Friends Pen Pal Club... for people with disabilities and their friends. the wonderful world of letter writers.
Student Letter Exchange... matches English speaking pen pals with students, ages 9-20, across the US and around the world.

Collecting the Mail

Post Mark Collectors Club... a gallery of over 3000 post office photos.
American Philatelic Society... serving stamp collectors since 1886.
UK Philately... stamp collecting plus much, much more.
Australian Philatelic Society... the name says it.
British North America Philatelic Society... The Society for Canadian Philately.
The Royal Philatelic Society London... the oldest philatelic society in the world, founded in 1869.