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"By hand" on a hand delivered thank you note

I have observed that when thank-you notes written by people from old money families are personally delivered, the annotation "By hand" is invariably added to the bottom right corner of the envelope. Can anyone educate me as to the origins of this practice?
posted by Turtles all the way down on Jun 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Mail app on Macbook not downloading the oldest (2-3 years) of messages

I am trying to back up my Gmail account to my home computer, a MacBook Pro. I am able to sync the account and have downloaded most of my messages/attachments, but the native Mac mail program only downloads messages as far back as 2006. (My Gmail account goes back to 2004.) Disk space is not a problem. I have also made sure the setting for limiting the number of messages to download is not checked. Any other ideas? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Apr 7, 2016 - 3 answers

What was the business that let actors use their address to receive mail?

I am half remembering an interesting fact...please help me remember the whole thing. I seem to remember their was a business (a bar maybe, or a store chain?) that had a policy of allowing actors without a permanent address to receive mail at their business. I think it is/was a long tradition, can't remember if the business was related to theatre or not. Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Jan 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Landed in JFK without my keys. Does anybody deliver on a Sunday?

Be glad you are not me. :) I just landed at JFK without my apt keys. I'm going to stay with a friend or get a hotel tonight. There has GOT to be a service that can deliver the keys same-day Sunday, right? FedEx says no dice. (Courier service?) The keys are in Hilton Head, SC. Thank you! Worse things have happened to people, but goddamn I am an idiot.
posted by jessca84 on Dec 26, 2015 - 24 answers

Can you tell if a USPS package is Priority just by its tracking number?

I ordered a textbook on Amazon from a non-Prime seller (none of the Prime sellers had it in stock) and specified "expedited" shipping. The seller provided a USPS tracking number, but the estimated shipping time is longer than I had expected. Is there any way to ensure that this package was shipped via Priority Mail?
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 29, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I Blame This on USPS Being Self-Funded?

I (an American) am trying to visit the Saiho-ji (Koke-dera) temple in Kyoto in November. It only accepts reservations by International Reply Coupon, which the USPS no longer sells as of 2013. What is the fastest and cheapest way for me to send a self-addressed stamped postcard or similar to Japan? Possible solutions, none of which are great: [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis on Sep 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Is it possible to ship excess baggage from JFK airport?

Can I ship excess baggage to a US address from somewhere in JFK airport on a Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

What travels faster: parcels or letters?

I'm shipping some stuff from Germany to the US. I have the choice of sending these items as letters or as parcels. I'm using DHL. Which option will be faster? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Aug 5, 2015 - 5 answers

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
posted by davemee on Jun 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Are UK Postal Codes Analogous to US Zip Codes

I don't just mean in a taxonomic way, but in terms of sorting and ease for the handlers -- is the postal code the most vital part? What's that last line for? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Receiving international mail from sellers who won't ship internationally

I'm looking for a service that will, say, receive/collect UK/European packages purchased on eBay, arrange international shipping to the US, and send them to me. These would be for auctions where international shipping isn't an option. So, if it's a UK auction, I'd be looking for a UK service that could accept the package on my behalf and forward it to me. I know this service exists, but what should I be googling to find it? Is it courier shipping? Does anyone have any recommendations for particular companies/individuals who offer this service?
posted by Mael Oui on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Brownies from NYC to Poughkeepsie via what method?

My son lives in Poughkeepsie, NY and his birthday is Tuesday, Feb. 24th. I live in Manhattan and want to send him homemade brownies. When should I send the brownies so they arrive on his birthday, and via which method for reliability? A plus would be that it not cost a fortune. Thank you!
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

I miss my boots.

I recently sent my cherished pair of Frye boots through USPS Priority Mail to the Frye refurbishing center... Now they are missing... [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jan 8, 2015 - 10 answers

OK to open this mail?

A misaddressed wedding invitation with no return address turned up in my mailbox. Should I open it and let the wedding couple know this guest did not receive his invite? Extenuating circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by apparently on Jan 7, 2015 - 36 answers

Deliver to "Carnival Freedom, Docked At The Harbor, Charlotte Amalie"?

Is it possible to send a physical envelope or small package (not an email or radiogram) to a Carnival cruise passenger, specifically the Carnival Freedom on the January 25th cruise? It looks like you can send mail to employees but I haven't found anything about passengers in the middle of a cruise. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Dec 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to address mail to South Korea?

I (in the US) am going to mail a small gift to a friend of mine currently residing in South Korea. Having already unsuccessfully attempted to mail her a postcard a couple of months ago, I want to make sure my package doesn't vanish in the postal abyss since it is going to cost a double-digit number of dollars to mail. How do I properly address it and fill out the address on the customs form properly? [more inside]
posted by zztzed on Nov 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Large secure package / mailbox

I am looking for a large outdoor box to receive packages securely. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Oct 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Is E-Mail legally considered mail?

My club's Constitution (written in 1934) requires that members be notified of proposed changes by mail. I would like to send a notification via email rather than postal mail and am looking for any legal precedent (preferably in New York State) showing that the legal definition of mail in this case would include e-mail. [more inside]
posted by robverb on Aug 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Why would former tenant use my address sending mail?

Why would a former quasi-tenant address a package to an erroneous address and write my address as his own? This package just got "returned to sender" and he hasn't lived here in 7 months! Should we be worried? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Jul 8, 2014 - 25 answers

USPS lost my passport. What now?

Somehow the USPS has lost my passport, which was mailed from NYC to Boston. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 3, 2014 - 14 answers

The mail must go through!

Do you know of any children's books featuring mail? As in, a penpal or mailing letters. Specifically for an eight year old girl but I'm open to all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by cessair on May 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Oops UPS

I had a return to Amazon. I printed the label they provided and put it on the envelope. I didn't realize it was a UPS label and not USPS until last night when I went to check the status of my return. I had accidentally put the envelope in a USPS mailbox on Monday last week, April 1. What is going to happen my package? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 8, 2014 - 15 answers

What's the best PMB (private mailbox service) in SF?

I'd like to find an alternative to my current private mailbox setup. It's expensive, open limited hours, and service has not been stellar. The one I have now uses a street address instead of a PO Box, which I like. Also ARE THERE ANY STARTUPS TEARING UP THE PRIVATE MAILBOX SPACE. (I know about Outbox but that seems to require a home mailbox, which I'm trying to avoid.) Thanks.
posted by ziggly on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

I need a link that articulates email spoofing

I have a aunt-in-law who has been forwarding me junk emails she has received from a random email address with my name as the title. I've tried to explain to her that this is likely a junk from her computer's infection, not mine. Can someone send me a link that explains how that works in a simple way for someone of her limited understanding?
posted by miss tea on Dec 3, 2013 - 10 answers

White ink addresses on dark envelopes and USPS... Can they be friends?

If I mail invitations addressed with white ink gel pen on dark red paper, will they make it to their destinations? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Jul 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me recover my lost package sent to me here in China from USA

My SO sent me a package via USPS (and it is EMS on this end) on June 17, from Ohio. I can include the tracking number if that would be helpful but the tracking website's latest information says "Processed Through Sort Facility June 18, 2013, 10:29 pm ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) PO to Addressee" Inside the package were just some inexpensive gifts, nothing that I think would get stuck at the border. Is my package lost? What steps can I (or the sender) take to recover it? any advice would be much apreciated
posted by denimchair on Jun 26, 2013 - 12 answers

International package mailed without tracking never arrived. Options?

I live in Canada, my sister's in the US. She mailed me a package over two months ago via USPS First Class and it never showed up. USPS isn't being helpful and says they can't investigate, Canada Post says there's nothing they can do. We have a Customs Declaration Number that shows it (supposedly) left Las Angeles on April 9th, but that's it. Are we hosed? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jun 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Need a surrogate older sister... where to find?

What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 3, 2013 - 104 answers

I received some strange mail -- what's going on? Scam? Nut?

A strange piece of mail showed up at my house today. Someone wrote to himself, using my house as his return address. He got his own address wrong, and the mail was 'returned' to my house. I do not know this person. Any ideas as to what is going on? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

What happens to packages shipped without the addressee's phone #?

I recently ordered something something from the US via eBay to be shipped to Canada, but did not include my phone number with my mailing address. What will happen to the package when it reaches customs if my number is not on it?
posted by Gin and Comics on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

YANAMC, YANMMC, but maybe you can answer this anyway

Why would a letter come back "not deliverable as addressed" when the address is correct? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Apr 5, 2013 - 11 answers

An unexpected Journey - Taco Bell Edition

I have a very good friend who is overseas right now. He is craving Taco Bell. He has zero access to a Taco Bell as he is in a very remote location. He can receive mail and packages, but they take anywhere from 5 days to 14 days to arrive. It would leave the East Coast and arrive in an undisclosed location in the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by irishcoffee on Mar 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Bad idea to let a friend use my mailing address if they don't live here?

Is it a bad idea to let a friend who doesn't live here use our mailing address? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Dec 11, 2012 - 40 answers

shipping Internationally = help.

Please help me mail stuff internationally via USPS. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Tell me about companies other than Birchbox that will send me goodies in the mail every month for a small subscription fee!

Which companies/clubs will mail me fun stuff for a small fee (or even for free)? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope on Sep 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Why are delivery times for post to Vancouver so unreliable?

Why is post from Europe to Vancouver, BC so extremely unreliable in terms of delivery time? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion.

OS X Mail practically unusable since upgrading to Mountain Lion. 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16 GB of ram... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Don't want to return to sender...

In the US, can you still forward USPS mail for free by writing the forwarding address on the front? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 answers

What is this weird little card?

What is this weird little card that I got in the mail? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 11, 2012 - 4 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Return address, nah, that's just for show.

What's the best recourse when USPS loses a package (espicially when things may not actually be their fault)? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Mar 26, 2012 - 19 answers

All I want is to save a couple dollars on postage

Can I put a penny stamp on my already-printed metered letters? [more inside]
posted by anthropophagous on Jan 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Over-the-mail journal chain. Is that a thing? What's it called?

An over-the-mail journal chain. I have been asking friends about this and they don't know what I'm talking about. Have I imagined it? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Jan 13, 2012 - 9 answers

How is Recorded Delivery handled in New York?

What happens to a letter sent via Royal Mail's Recorded Delivery to the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Jan 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Windows Live Mail ate my everything!

Windows Live Mail ate my everything! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Mail.app sudden death.

Following a power shortage, Mail has "forgotten" everything, and greets me with the Welcome to Mail set-up assisting prompt. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Oct 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Russia Post - they deliver?

Can I rely on Russian post or any courier service to deliver a small gift to just outside of Moscow? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Aug 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Mailing Items to China

What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
posted by jef on Jul 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Someone stole items from our mailbox!

Someone apparently opened a package in my mailbox and stole the mp4 player I had ordered from e-bay. There was no indication on the mailing envelope what the contents were: The person must have felt the package and guessed what it contained. They left the ripped open package on our porch, along with some other mail, and two Netflix envelopes, ripped open also, for a person further up the street. What do we do about this?
posted by ragtimepiano on Jun 30, 2011 - 12 answers

though if you're willing to dig through my trash, maybe you've earned it

How careful do I need to be in disposing of the credit card offers that come in the mail? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Jun 28, 2011 - 10 answers

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