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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 19th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
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    Does anyone remember airmail letters?
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    • 19th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
    Does anyone remember airmail letters? 19th Jun 17 at 6:43 PM
    You know, the blue all-in-one flimsies that you wrote your letter on, in minute writing so that you could cram more news into the limited space.

    Or have they gone the way of the old buffcoloured telegrams?





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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 19th Jun 17, 6:46 PM
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    Yes, I do remember - whether they've gone the same way as Telegrams I don't know. I still see Air Mail stickers sometimes, but haven't seen one of those letters for ages.
    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 19th Jun 17, 6:50 PM
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    No you can still buy it Pyxis, don't think many bother with it now. I've got some but then I like traditional stuff and I still like sending old fashioned letters. When I was a kid I use to love the blue and striped envelopes, they were more special to receive than the white ones. With the price of postage now every bit helps if you have less weight but I guess such issues wouldn't bother many now when a quick email is free to send.
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 19th Jun 17, 6:51 PM
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    Yes, I do remember - whether they've gone the same way as Telegrams I don't know. I still see Air Mail stickers sometimes, but haven't seen one of those letters for ages.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Yes the stickers are still around, for ordinary letters.


    When I was a teenager, I had penfriends in the States, and the airmail letters were the cheapest way to write to them. An ordinary letter cost quite a bit, given that it had to come out of my meagre pocket money.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 19th Jun 17, 6:53 PM
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    No you can still buy it Pyxis, don't think many bother with it now. I've got some but then I like traditional stuff and I still like sending old fashioned letters. When I was a kid I use to love the blue and striped envelopes, they were more special to receive than the white ones. With the price of postage now every bit helps if you have less weight but I guess such issues wouldn't bother many now when a quick email is free to send.
    Originally posted by Mrs Bones
    Really? You can still get them? From Post Offices I presume.

    Oh well, this thread is dead, then!
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    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 19th Jun 17, 6:59 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 6:59 PM
    You can still get them, not sure how many they sell though they do seem like they should belong in a bygone age. Oddly I've not seen any for sale at the post office, WH Smith sell them but they tend to be cheaper online from the likes of ebay. They don't even put the airmail stickers on normal envelopes posted airmail anymore as there is no need with the modern postage stickers as all the information is enclosed on them. The whole idea of airmail paper and envelope was the lighter weight to save on postage, I still take that into consideration give the cost of postage but I guess that's not a consideration for most anymore but then I'm also the geek who weights my letters to check.
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 19th Jun 17, 7:06 PM
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    They don't even put the airmail stickers on normal envelopes posted airmail anymore as there is no need with the modern postage stickers as all the information is enclosed on them. The whole idea of airmail paper and envelope was the lighter weight to save on postage, I still take that into consideration give the cost of postage but I guess that's not a consideration for most anymore but then I'm also the geek who weights my letters to check.
    Originally posted by Mrs Bones
    Crumbs yes! I always weigh mine! I'm shocked at how much postage has gone up. I send little gifts to some children abroad, and the postage cost is always far in excess of the cost of the gifts!

    I am still given airmail stickers, as, for ordinary letters, birthday cards etc, I use ordinary stamps to the value of.

    I hate going to the post office with packets and parcels because they always give you the Spanish Inquisition as to what is in the parcel/packet and how much is it worth.
    And then they glare at you accusingly.

    I don't really want to tell the whole queue what I'm sending and how much it cost, thank you very much!
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    • Mrs Bones
    • By Mrs Bones 19th Jun 17, 7:25 PM
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    Overseas letters I try to keep letters under 10g and cards under 20g over 20g and it really starts to jump up in price in large amounts.
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 19th Jun 17, 7:40 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 7:40 PM
    How many people write or receive letters these days, can't be many.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 19th Jun 17, 7:57 PM
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    Mum used them all the time to write to relatives in Canada and America, she filled every space available on them

    On the other hand she never scrimped on postage when sending copies of The Sunday Post to her sister in Canada every 4 weeks.
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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 19th Jun 17, 8:59 PM
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    yes I remember them - still have some of the illustrated ones to commemorate special occasions that I never used.
    Used to always buy the Christmas ones to send abroad so much nicer than the plain blue.
    This person is selling loads of different pictorial ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GB-AIRMAIL-LETTER-AEROGRAMME-COVERS-UNUSED-CHOOSE-COVER-/122327974838
    Last edited by Chris25; 19-06-2017 at 9:03 PM.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 19th Jun 17, 10:01 PM
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    How many people write or receive letters these days, can't be many.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Very true,

    my handwriting is shockingly awful due to lack of practise.
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    • Deep In Debt
    • By Deep In Debt 19th Jun 17, 10:13 PM
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    Yes I remember them. Used to write to my brother in the States when he moved there 30 years ago. I never really had much to say to my brother at the time so I'd write about 3 lines and my mum would use the rest of the space.
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Jun 17, 10:23 PM
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    I do remember them very well and very fondly. I still have a stack of airmail letters from a childhood friend who used to make me cry with laughter reading his weekly letters during his exchange year overseas
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 20th Jun 17, 7:18 AM
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    yes I remember them - still have some of the illustrated ones to commemorate special occasions that I never used.
    Used to always buy the Christmas ones to send abroad so much nicer than the plain blue.
    This person is selling loads of different pictorial ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GB-AIRMAIL-LETTER-AEROGRAMME-COVERS-UNUSED-CHOOSE-COVER-/122327974838
    Originally posted by Chris25
    Gosh, that was a blast from the past - especially the ones for the Royal Mail's international pen-pal club, Hola! I remember signing up for that, getting the free pens and aerogrammes and sending off letters to America and Japan, and getting some very confused ones back. I always wondered how they picked recipients as it seemed like they had no idea My brother signed up for it too and I'll never forget the name of his American pen-pal, whose first name was 'Chip'
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 20th Jun 17, 7:24 AM
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    How many people write or receive letters these days, can't be many.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Send lots of postcards.....last lot from Spain cost €1.25 each for a postage stamp.
    • Exile_geordie
    • By Exile_geordie 20th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    Can still send telegrams too
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 20th Jun 17, 8:26 AM
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    airmail letters were about as strong and thick as this stuff , there was always the fear your finger was going to go through it


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    • 1trainer1
    • By 1trainer1 20th Jun 17, 10:53 AM
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    Memories of youth
    These bring back memories of my mum writing to her family letters telling them how the kids are and what the kids are getting up to.

    We used to love getting the letters and mum reading the letter out to us all as a family was nice family time
    Blessed on 18th February at 0814 with little Sarah xxx
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 20th Jun 17, 10:55 AM
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    I do, although I am 31, I went to boarding school as my old man was (& still is) in the Army & I used to get weekly 'blueies' from him when he toured Iraq & other such places. Meant a lot to me when I saw one on the post table.
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