The young woman behind 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 more,” she admitted.
A century ago this month the world’s very air that is first service began
Passed under the counter and into my hand was a typical example of a mode of communication which has had all but vanished. Thanks to Skype, texts and e-mails, there’s little need anymore for the small pale blue envelopes with all 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. Dr. Richard Saundry, editor associated with British Air Mail Society Journal, believes that we’re vulnerable to losing something both powerful and romantic.
“I think it is very regrettable that nobody seems to use air mail any more”, he informs me.