There is something about a handwritten letter. I still love the feel of pen and ink flowing across a piece of paper. I love going to the mail box and finding a personal note instead of the junk or bill that is usually there. I still think that the time, effort, and money to send a handwritten note means something. In this age of email, tweets, and messaging there is something special about mail.
Just so you know it was September 15, 1858 that the new Overland Mail Company sent out its first two stage coaches, which began the government mail service between the east and west. California was booming with gold fever, thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1849. Americans east and west had been asking for faster transcontinental mail service for years. Congress finally agreed and passed an act authorizing an overland mail delivery service and a $600,000 yearly subsidy for whatever company could succeed in reliably transporting the mail twice a week from St. Louis to San Francisco in less than 25 days (some things never change).
Under the guidance of a board of directors that included John Butterfield and William Fargo, the Overland Mail Company spent $1 million improving its winding 2,800-mile route and building way stations at 10-15 mile intervals. Teams of horses soon raced across the wide open West, pulling custom-built Concord coaches with seats for nine passengers and a rear boot for the mail.
Think of it, this is the stuff of film legends and the cry of every teenager ready to take a ride in a car yelling, “shot gun!” With the seat next to the driver occupied by the security of an armed guard the mail moved at a snail’s pace but it moved. If you are a philatelist and want to read more, check out this link
I would prefer that you would find a note card, sheet of paper, pen, and sit down and write someone a nice note. Send the note or hand deliver it and make someones day.
“This is now the second letter that I have written to you, beloved, and in both of them I have aroused your sincere mind by way of reminder; 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.” 2 Peter 3:1-2