Today is the beginning of National Letter Writing Month – also known as National Card and Letter Writing Month – as recognized by the U.S. Postal Service since 2001.
Through the years, it seems, the USPS and other organizations have observed a variety of letter writing weeks and months. As far back as 1940, the postal service was celebrating Oct. 1-7 as National Letter Writing Week, which is when the poster at right was issued by the Illinois WPA Art Project.
By 1980, National Letter Writing Week was designated as Feb. 24-March 1 with the issue of a set of special 15-cent stamps featuring phrases such as “Letters Lift Spirits,” “Letters Preserve Memories” and “Letters Shape Opinions.”
Letter writing weeks also are sometimes observed in January and September, and February has become known for InCoWriMo – International Correspondence Writing Month.
But, in 2001, the U.S. Postal Service announced April as National Card and Letter Writing Month, expanding what had previously been a weeklong celebration. That year, the USPS encouraged Americans to participate in the “Birthday Wishes to America” project with the National Postal Museum in honor of the 225th birthday of the United States of America.
Since then, several promotions have highlighted April as NCLWM or NLWM. In 2015, the USPS offered a set of stamps and matching stickers featuring the phrase “From Me to You.”
Let’s continue the tradition and celebrate National Card and Letter Writing Month throughout April!
Happy Letter Writing!