Thursday, October 2, 2008

please mr. postman

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak.

John Donne (1572-1631)English poet

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Two of the cruelest, most primitive punishments our town deals out to those who fall from favor are the empty mailbox and the silent telephone.
Hedda Hopper (1890-1966) American gossip columnist and actress

When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter.
Francis Bacon, Sr. (1561-1626) English lawyer and philosopher

I have long felt that one of life's greatest pleasures is going to the mailbox and finding something other than bills, magazines, or pieces of junk mail. in this era of instant messaging - cell phone calls, text messaging, and email - the presence of a hand-written envelop in my mailbox, containing a card or letter, is an increasingly rare phenomena. I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to sending something via snail mail to my family and friends. my intentions are always good, but my execution sucks! evidence I still have my sister's birthday card to post! then there's this, that and the other thing!

notes on photos:
1) mossy boxes on a rural road near eugene oregon
2) informational mailbox at green spring gardens, alexandria, virginia
3) mailboxes at t.c.u. in fort worth. when I was an undergraduate these mailboxes had combination locks, today they have keys. things change.
4) artistic mailbox in nyack, new york
5) another mailbox from green spring gardens

the beatles with their classic 1962 hit please mr. postman. this vid was recorded in-studio on July 30, 1963 and was released on the band's second album later that year. the song was originally written by the marvelettes, and became a #1 single for the group in late 1961.


Saretta said...

Take comfort from the fact that you're not the only one! I actually have trouble writing well with a pen hands are more accustomed to typing!

Love the photos, especially the first. Great moss roof!

Coffee Messiah said...

Beautiful shots of the MBs!

Todays lifestyle and 'puters and cell phones do take away from the MB experience, if you let it.

Our little PO seems to enjoy mail we send. I notice they look closely at the envelopes or packages a bit longer than usual.

It helps to spread happiness to others too.....; )

R.L. Bourges said...

loved that song. The postman over here gets all smily when we receive something from overseas. I asked him if he wanted the stamps and he answered "no, I just like to look at them". A special moment in his day - and in ours too, obviously.

à +

d. chedwick said...
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d. chedwick said...

It's so strange how technology just squashed letter writing. I never believed it would. I believed in the power of a stack of boxes filled with stationery, cool new stamps from the P.O. and good pens. I thought these things were things people would never ever want to give up using!

my penmanship has really suffered over the last 10 years.

Steve said...

We're on the same wavelength this week! :)

Steve said...

Oh, now I see that mailbox is your theme. I should have reversed my posts from yesterday and today! Oh well...

tut-tut said...

Very lovely mail boxes; I love them all!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Where's WAT to comment on that video clip?

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oh what gorgeous images, Kim! Beautiful and so evocative - so very much like shots of windows, gates and doorways!

Barbara said...

I fear the next generation doesn't appreciate the power of the hand-written word. They know nothing about waiting for a letter from a special someone to come, because it was texted or communicated on Facebook hours before.

I wonder when and if the mailbox will become obsolete. Yikes! What a thought...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

saretta - I too have found my handwriting has gone to hell with my reliance on the keyboard!

coffee - I'm going to try and write more letters...this theme thursday has inspired me....

rlb - email me your address kyanoshikatgmaildotcom and I'll send some snail mail - I'd love to help brighten both your day and that of your postman! hey, that was a great movie - the postman (il postino)

ched - ditto. I too have found my handwriting has suffered - perhaps I just need to write more letters and get it back to snuff. it's funny twenty years ago I felt I had to write everything longhand, now I find it composing at the keyboard to be more 'natural'

steve - these theme thursdays are tricky

tut - merci

junk - I was thinking wat would enjoy today's tune

av - thank you....I do see fond of all these things...postboxes, doors, windows.....

barbara- as long as there's netfliks and amazon there will be the need to have mailboxes! by the way, I do try to support my indy bookstore, but sometimes for dvd's I will order from amazon.... rentals I use the library or piggyback on friends or em, netflick subscribers...thank goodness for the ability to freeload...

lettuce said...

kimy, I'm just the same with the keyboard - used to write up rough lectures by hand first - even possibly) 10 years ago....

now too much writing makes my hand ache.

I went into london yesterday and meant to send some postcards.


WAT said...