Airmail: The allure of the long-distance air letter

Airmail: The allure of the long-distance air letter

The woman that is young the desk within my local post office looked bewildered. “I think we’ve got some somewhere”, she mumbled before returning with a pile of dusty envelopes. “Nobody really asks for these any longer,” she admitted.

A century ago this month the world’s very first air mail service began

Passed beneath the counter and into my hand was a good example of a mode of communication which has had all but vanished. Because of Skype, texts and e-mails, there’s little need anymore when it comes to small pale blue envelopes because of the diagonal red and blue stripes round the border, extra thin blue writing paper and great number of stamps and post marks that constitutes an air mail letter. […]