Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tissue paper tragedy

Tissue paper tragedy, front

This lovely handmade envelope came to me from the fine lady behind We Love Snail Mail, but unfortunately it didn't survive so well. What you see in the photos is not after opening, but the state in which it arrived in my mailbox.

Tissue paper tragedy, back

The sender posted about this letter on her blog, and she referred to the envelope material as vellum. I would call it tissue paper, though, as it was exceedingly thin and felt just like... tissue paper. She included a heavy card that gave it stability from the inside, but the tissue paper envelope was ripped and torn at both ends, and unfortunately at least one page of the letter fell out in transit! I only got the last page with half a sentence and a signature. It could well be that this poor letter hit an especially nasty sorting machine at just the wrong angle, and any envelope could have been mangled. But this experience leads me to believe that envelopes made out of tissue paper may not survive a cross-country journey via the postal service.

I love the idea, though, and the cheery polka dot pattern.

8 comments:

  1. I love the pattern too . I hate when these nasty sorting machines do this . I sometimes think an evil spirit lives inside those sorting machines . seems to me the usps could come up with a nicer , more gentle sorting machine . Oh well just my opinion . sorry your mail did not survive .

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  2. Did the remnants of this letter come in one of those plastic envelopes with a printed apology letter on it the Postal department uses to send damaged mail to people? I got my sisters wedding invitation a few years ago that way. I wonder if they can afford to upgrade their machines? I know they are having financial problems these days. Perhaps they can hand stamp the more delicate letters and packages.

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  3. No, Tascha, the envelope arrived just as pictured.

    If you're concerned about an item, you can take it to a post office and request a hand cancel.

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  4. it seems to be it should have been put in those plastic evelopes. Anytime I recieved damaged mail from the postal department it has come in a plastic envelope. It is odd that this one did not.

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  5. I was so sad that this letter didn't arrive intact! I'll have to make it up to you by sending a cool, less destructable one :)

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  6. Welovesnailmail - you don't have to make anything up! I still have another letter from you in my pile, so I'm the one who owes you something now.

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  7. This is not related to the the letter you show cased here but I thought you should know those lighthouse stamps we both have been looking for I finally was able to get them from the local post office and hope you were able to get them too.

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