The Letter: Definition, Materials List, Address & Processing

The Letter: Definition, Materials List, Address & Processing

There are many variations on the definition of a letter, but they pretty much all contain the same elements:

A written, typed, or printed communication, especially one sent in an envelope by mail or messenger.

A written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail.

A direct or personal written or printed message addressed to a person or organization.

A written or printed message from one person to another, usually put in an envelope and delivered as mail.

A written or printed message to a person or group, usually sent by mail in an envelope.

A message that you write on a piece of paper and send to someone.

However, my favorite is from that source that many dismiss, but just as many secretly use, Wikipedia:

A letter is a written message from one party to another containing information. Letters guarantee the preservation of communication between both parties. They bring friends or relatives closer together, enrich professional relationships and provide a satisfying mean of self-expression. Letters contribute to the protection and conservation of literacy, which is the ability to write and read.

The materials for this project will include:


An envelope

Something to handwrite a message with (I encourage anyone who participates in this project to do the same. You’ll see why later on.)

A stamp

A mailbox


I will check my mailbox at 578 Washington Blvd. #1026, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 every Saturday and will answer letters over the weekend.


Today is first Saturday since I launched this project. Who wrote to me?

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