4 thoughts on “Fulfilling its destiny

  1. Nicely done! My own experience wasn’t so satisfying: I wrote a nice letter to a business equipment store in Indiana explaining that I had a 70-year-old typewriter with their store’s plate on it, still doing its work, and that I looked forward to visiting their store the next time I passed through their part of the country. It was never acknowledged.

    One reaction I do get when I use vintage stationery is “it looks so real”!

    It’s interesting that one of the major products listed by this middle-America, early 20th century mill is “oyster shell.” A feed supplement? I would think it would be expensive to bring oyster shell to Kansas.

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  2. You’re right that oyster shell is a feed supplement. If I remember correctly from my 4-H days, it’s added to the diet of chickens that are laying eggs. By the way, I had hoped for a return letter from Mapleton — but I heard from them via text message.

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  3. This is so fantastic! The sheer randomness of getting this letterhead as protection for stamps bought on eBay. What a wonderful surprise. If you wouldn’t mind sharing, what is the eBay seller’s username? I’d like to purchase stamps from this person.

    So great that you took your curiosity about the letterhead to look around the streets of Mapleton, Kansas to find the old mill. It certainly is a small town! (I looked it up on Google maps). And a population of 84! The Mayor of Mapleton will be so tickled to get your letter. AND TYPED OUT. Man. everything about this fits together so well.

    And you fulfilled this letterhead’s destiny by mailing the letterhead back to its town of origin. So coooool! That letterhead was just waiting decades to be used. To fulfill it’s purpose of being a letter of communication. (I feel the same way about unused stamps–they are just potent with possibility of being used)

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