What’s In My Mailbox: Snakes & Secret Doors

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Disclaimer: unlike a certain Dr. Jones, I’m actually rather fond of snakes. One of my favorite childhood books was Verdi, an adorable tale of a yellow python who comes of age while accepting his transformation from a cute yellow baby into a verdant adult. I feel you, Verdi!

I was delighted, then, to see this equally green serpentine envelope from Ireland in my mailbox this week–along with a lovely secret door/garden situation (among other things) in from Germany! Receiving two coloring-page envelopes on the same day must be a sign of some kind: perhaps that I should be playing around with my sizable library of coloring books, too?

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First off: pretty much everything in this letter matches Massachusetts’ summer trees! I’ve been spending weekend afternoons writing (and reading) letters on a picnic bench near where I live, and it’s the perfect backdrop for photographing such lovely mail.

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I never tire of Germany’s flower stamps; I would love some similar macro-photography stamps from USPS!

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Isn’t the design for this poster the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? For some reason, it reminds me of the town in Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky where Pazu and his miner friends live and work (and escape from air-pirates). The landscape is gorgeous!

(This particular letter also included some of the most amazing vintage postcards I’ve ever received–but I’m so in love with them that I’m keeping those to myself for now! Perhaps they’ll make a future appearance in a post all by themselves!)

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I think that eel stamp is feeling right at home with his (albeit much larger) snake buddy!

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The splatches of green are a nice touch! (The bottom patch kinda looks like a profile of my all-time hero Georges Méliès, doesn’t it? Or is that just me? Nothing like discovering a secret Rorschach test in my mail!)

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I admire the continuation of the coloring-page theme on the inside–for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever quite created a double-sided envelope before! It’s a lovely effect.

These gorgeous (& quite green) letters brought me such joy, Emma and Katha! I can’t wait to put together some slightly color-coordinated replies of my own.

6 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox: Snakes & Secret Doors

  1. thesnailmail May 25, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I enjoy the German flower stamps, too. I have a lot of different USPS flower stamps–but they are all illustrations. 😥

    • Keely May 26, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      I know! We have got to get some flower-photos at our disposal!

  2. Idle Emma May 25, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Can I just say, Verdi sounds like an awesome children’s book! xD And glad the snake found it’s way safely to it’s new home!

    • Keely May 26, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      It’s so adorable! The same author/illustrator also created the book Stellaluna, which features a super cute bat 🙂 I sent out a reply to your letter today, by the way!

      • Idle Emma May 26, 2016 / 3:05 pm

        Oh yay! Looking forward to getting it! 🙂

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