Author Topic: Writing letters  (Read 2724 times)

Ruthie

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #25 on: 11 January, 2021, 10:13:21 am »
It’s more the fact that someone had this in their hand, two days ago, and now it’s in my hand as they talk to me. I hear their voice as I read their familiar handwriting.  The letter my ex wrote me when it ended is stored away safe, like the treasure it is.

My email inbox is way, way more cluttered and disorganized than my drawers! But email is still there. Although I can send photos, links etc via WhatsApp.
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Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #26 on: 12 January, 2021, 12:37:18 pm »
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After she died, the house lay unused for nine years, until I bought it. I found her old ration book and letters from her sweetheart, who died in the first world war, under the floorboards. The letters were quite upsetting to read, knowing how he died young.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/12/modern-life-is-rubbish-the-people-whose-homes-are-portals-to-the-past

I also used to know an old lady whose sweetheart had died in the First World War. She never married and lived to 104. I don't know if she kept his letters.
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Jaded

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #27 on: 12 January, 2021, 03:08:43 pm »
I don't entirely agree that printed photos have more staying power than digital ones though. They're less easy to ignore due to their physical presence but for the same reason it's easier to regard them as clutter, throw them away, then regret it decades later. But I expect Jaded has his all organised in albums.  :)

Printed ones need no equipment to be read/seen. Digital ones need two things - the medium is still readable, and the file type is still readable.

JPGs will probably be fine, but ORFs, or similar, will they still be readable in 30 years time? I have some od Zip disks - no working drive, so to me they are unbearable. On them will be some files for whom the original application is now obsolete, and there won't be much chance of finding something that will read them.

Oh, and I have a filing system for my photos. At least, that's what I call it.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #28 on: 12 January, 2021, 03:14:05 pm »
Oh, and I have a filing system for my photos. At least, that's what I call it.
This is what makes you a photographer.  :)
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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #29 on: 12 January, 2021, 03:40:08 pm »
My youngest who was only 6 at the time back in late November/early December asked to write to Julia Donaldson as she had made some paper dolls inspired by JDs book

To her delight just before Christmas she got a card with a little note in from Julia. Def not joining the other Christmas cards in the recycling/gift tag bag

Wowbagger

  • Sylph
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #30 on: 22 January, 2021, 08:48:29 pm »
I wrote a letter on Tuesday evening and posted it in Southend on Wednesday. It arrived in Toronto today.

I sent it "International Standard" which costs £1.70. In what appears to be a remarkably astute bit of joined-up thinking, that is precisely the same value as two first-class stamps.

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #31 on: 22 January, 2021, 09:19:38 pm »
There is an Essex County in Ontario. But not a Billericay, as far as I can find. I wonder if the Canadian equivalent of Billericay Dickie is Toronto Tonto?
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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #32 on: 22 January, 2021, 09:20:00 pm »
Did it arrive in Toronto, Co Durham??

Wowbagger

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #33 on: 22 January, 2021, 09:35:11 pm »
There is an Essex County in Ontario. But not a Billericay, as far as I can find. I wonder if the Canadian equivalent of Billericay Dickie is Toronto Tonto?
I believe there is a Billerica in the US of A.

Did it arrive in Toronto, Co Durham??

No, curiously: the Canadian one.

Edit: Billerica, Mass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billerica,_Massachusetts
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #34 on: 22 January, 2021, 09:42:35 pm »
"America's Yankee Doodle town" no less! So their equivalent of Billericay Dickie should be Billerica Macarona...

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ian

  • not a woman, not an american, not a vampire
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #35 on: 22 January, 2021, 10:01:22 pm »
The place-names of New England always amused me. I had a Manchester, Coventry, Norwich, Scotland, Lebanon, Bozrah, obligatory Salem, Colchester, Mooween, Sprague, Windham, Brooklin, Canterbury, Preston, Lisbon, Willimantic, Ledyard, Mystic, Hebron, Voluntown, and a cheerful shout out for Gay City (south of Bolton, not really a place, I think it was just the name of the state park). Virginia names were more American (Ivy, Crozet, Profitt, Earlysville, Ishootyourmother, that kind of thing).
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citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #36 on: 22 January, 2021, 10:40:14 pm »
My aunt is currently in hospital in France having suffered a stroke. Bizarre as it may seem in 2021, physical letters are the only way of communicating with her right now.
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TimC

  • Old blerk sometimes onabike.
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #37 on: 22 January, 2021, 11:34:45 pm »
I have recently received a hand-written letter (for which, thank you!). I am trying to source the materials, skill and inspiration to reply. I'm not sure I can marshal all three at the same time!

Mr Larrington

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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #38 on: 22 January, 2021, 11:39:13 pm »
There is an Essex County in Ontario. But not a Billericay, as far as I can find. I wonder if the Canadian equivalent of Billericay Dickie is Toronto Tonto?
I believe there is a Billerica in the US of A.

Did it arrive in Toronto, Co Durham??

No, curiously: the Canadian one.

Edit: Billerica, Mass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billerica,_Massachusetts

I've actually been there :smug:

ETA: every time this thread rises to the surface I cannot help but think of the Bonzos doing “Postcard”

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"What the Butler Saw" was a bit of a drag
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Bored with Bingo, we went for a swim
Fat sea cows with gorgonzola skin
Semi-nude!

After lunch, we grabbed our trunks
And we all got cramp!
Trousers rolled, the sea is cold
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On the prom, white plimsolls and blue shorts
Brass band playing by the tennis courts
Love-fifteen! Love fifteen year olds

What a lovely view-EE-ooo, I've written at last
What's the rudest one? Just for a laugh
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #39 on: 23 January, 2021, 12:08:35 am »
You don’t accidentally come across an old email in the back of a drawer. Or a bundle of old emails tied together with ribbon. See also: paper photos.

I dunno.  The experience of setting things up to read some obsolete media or coaxing an old computer back to life and sifting through the filesystem just to see what's on it is pretty comparable.  I don't think there's much difference between decoding handwritten letters from the back of a drawer, persuading the reel-to-reel tape recordings your granddad made before your were born to play, or scrolling through some of your childhood adventures in cargo-cult BASIC programming.

What's more useful but isn't anywhere near as satisfying is when it's all carefully archived on a live system, xkcd://1360-style.  No fun, maximum cringe.


PSA: Please to be removing the batteries from your old computers, so they don't leak and corrode the circuit board and ruin some future archaeologist's day.
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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #40 on: 23 January, 2021, 10:24:18 am »
There used to be a special rate for postcards, less than a letter, provided the message was no more than "five conventional words of greeting".

So that was the message I wrote.

Wowbagger

  • Sylph
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Re: Writing letters
« Reply #41 on: 23 January, 2021, 10:30:54 am »
There used to be a special rate for postcards, less than a letter, provided the message was no more than "five conventional words of greeting".

So that was the message I wrote.

I recall that, when I was very small, that postcards cost ½d less than letters. I think postcards were 2d at the time, but I do remember the price going up by ½d for each and there being consternation and uproar. I think the Chancellor of the Exchequer would have been either Selwyn Lloyd or Reginald Maudlin.
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Cudzoziemiec

  • Eating all the pies and drinking all the tea.
Re: Writing letters
« Reply #42 on: 23 January, 2021, 03:30:10 pm »
I think the Chancellor of the Exchequer would have been either Selwyn Lloyd or Reginald Maudlin.
Nominative determinism? I mean, you can't have a cheerful Chancellor...
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