Jan. 10, 2021

20. Talking about the Postal Bulletin and Letter Locking with Evan Harris

20. Talking about the Postal Bulletin and Letter Locking with Evan Harris

Welcome to Episode 20 of Stationery Orbit where we are all here to learn more about creative letter writing, I’m your host John West and in today’s episode we will be talking about something I didn’t even know was a thing until it was brought to my attention by our guest.  He brings joy to his pen pals by going well above and beyond by sending in letters for special postal cancellations and sending letter-locked letter au’ natural into the wild.  He is a Postal system super user!

Please welcome, Evan Harris!


Postal Bulletin
A cancellation (or cancel) is a postal marking applied to a postage stamp or a piece of postal stationery indicating that the item has been used. The primary purpose of cancels is to prevent the reuse of stamps. The terms cancel and postmark is used interchangeably.


What is your favorite postal cancellation you’ve seen in the Postal Bulletin?
Space themes
Canceled postage conference


What is letter-locking?
Letter locking on YouTube
Letter locking main website
Letter locking dictionary

What is your favorite letter lock so far?
Italian pinwheel

Do you have a favorite paper?
Rhodia Dot Grid
Original Crown Mill 

Handmade paper on Etsy

Do you have a favorite snail mail embellishment?
Custom wax seal
Par Escargot stamp

What is your favorite pen?
Lamy 2000

Do you have a favorite fountain pen ink?
DeAtrementis Sherlock Holmes 

Are there artists that you think are doing amazing work that stationery lovers need to know about?

What is your favorite purchase (stationery or not) in the last 6 months?
Par Escargot stamp


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