When was the last time you sent or received a nice handwritten letter? I can bet at some time or other you’ve probably thought about writing a letter to friends or relatives, but to be honest it’s one of the things isn’t it that seems to get forgotten especially when its much quicker and more instant to phone or email.
I’ve always fancied the idea writing letters to people, when I was about eight I even tried joining the royal mail’s own club to find one, (I can’t quite remember the name of it.) They did come up pen pals for me but unfortunately it never worked and none of them ever wrote back. Now that I’m older I still fancy writing letters but never seem to get round to it.
However at christmas my Dad gave me the cure to ensure I write lots and lots of lovely letters, a fabulous wax seal stamp along with the original wax. The stamp originally belonged to my Great Grannie so I wasn’t sure if the wax would still melt as it felt so brittle, but I gave it a try anyway and it worked beautifully as you can see from the picture. I’m sending the first letter to my Nan, as it must be years since she actually saw the stamp in action.
Here’s a few stampy facts;
1. The uses of seals can be traced back to the old testament!
2. The first Seal of the United States was created by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson on July 4th 1776 immediately after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
3. Important documents used to be authenticated by impressing the wax with a signet ring next to the signature.
4. Gummed envelopes were introduced in the 19th century making wax seals more of a personal expression anda decorative item than a necessity.