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It's the Twenties Mail Swap!

Happy March mail lovers!

As we roar our way into the third month of 2020, we are super excited to invite you to join us for the first Pretty Postal swap of the year (and the decade). Isn't that just the bee's knees?

This time we're challenging you to turn back time... a little bit farther now... all the way back to the 1920s. Let's explore this oh-so-enticing decade through the medium of pretty mail.

The 1920s you say? Why that sounds like the cat's meow. And how!

The Roaring Twenties, the Golden Age, Les Années Folles, whatever you call them and wherever you are, the 1920s were filled with social, technological and cultural change. We'd love you to look at back at this golden decade and find something that interests, intrigues or inspires you, then create beautiful and thoughtful mail exploring a 1920s moment, movement, trend or icon.

You'll exchange pretty mail with other mail lovers from near or far, connect on and offline with our mail loving community, stoke your creativity and maybe even learn a little something in the process!

Image Le Nil, 1926, Erté via Vogue France

Have we piqued your interest?

Here's a few 1920s themes and events to get you started on your journey back in time...

Art Deco design
Jazz / The Jazz Singer
1920s fashion (goodbye corsets, hello ankles!)
Prohibition, Speakeasies and Rumrunners
The discovery of King Tut's tomb (and the resulting Egyptomania)
The Great Gatsby
1920s slang (don't be a wet blanket, it's the berries!)
The invention of sliced bread!

And now onto the fine print...

Tell Me More!

  • You will be placed in a group of 3-5* and will exchange pretty mail with each member of your group. Most participants send and receive 3 pieces of pretty mail.
  • Using the 1920s as your jumping off point, do a little research and find something that thrills you about the decade. (Or maybe you're a history buff and you already know exactly what you want to explore!) 
  • Create beautiful, thoughtful mail using an aspect of 1920s culture or history as your inspiration. 
  • Start with an artful envelope! One of the joys of Pretty Postal is spreading joy everywhere it goes - we want to see creative, colourful envelopes that you've put some thought and effort into. No Plain Jane envelopes please! (Sorry to any Janes reading this - you're lovely and beautiful and clearly not a boring envelope!) 
  • Make your mail extra-special using beautiful lettering, hand drawn details, stamps, patterned paper, washi tape, paint… anything goes!
  • Inside your envelope you should include a handmade card or other clever mail. Your partners would love to hear about you, your inspiration and maybe even some interesting facts about the 1920s culture point that you're exploring!
  • Include a little goodie (or two) with your note. Not sure what to include? How about stickers, a pretty postcard or other lovely paper ephemera. For this swap, let's skip tea bags or anything edible. From what we've read, it sounds like it's unlikely that COVID-19 can be spread via post, but let's be safe and avoid things that go in or near people's faces!
  • This swap is all about getting creative and challenging yourself! While exchanging “stuff” is nice, the focus of Pretty Postal Swaps is to create beautiful and unique mail art. We are more interested in seeing decorative envelopes and creative contents than big gift parcels.
  • It’s free to join!
  • Please tag #prettypostalswap when sharing images on social media

* We aim for groups of 4, so that each participant sends and receives 3 pieces of mail, but, due to the dynamics of open sign-ups and special requests, some groups end up a little bigger and some a little smaller.

Dates, Deadlines & Important Details

  • Sign-ups are now open. We will accept sign-ups until midnight on Friday, March 13th.
  • You will receive your partner assignments by Tuesday, March 17th.
  • Mail must be sent by Monday, March 30th, 2019.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. We cannot accommodate specific partner requests.
  • Swap is open to mail lovers from all over the world!
  • Participants must be over the age of 18.
  • If you would prefer not to send mail internationally, please indicate this in your sign-up email. We will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that for participants outside of North America, we cannot provide domestic partners - by signing up, you are agreeing to swap internationally.
  • This is a one-time swap. Participating in The Twenties Mail Swap does not automatically enrol you in any future swaps.

How do I sign up?

Please submit your details using this form. If you have any questions, please direct them to prettypostalswaps@gmail.com