Down the Rabbit Hole with the World's Smallest Postal Service


24 Responses to “Down the Rabbit Hole with the World's Smallest Postal Service”

  1. godfathersoul says:

    hmm… yes, very cool. very cute. but, um, maybe the font for the link is the World’s Smallest Font Size?

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Oops. Sorry folks. I pasted in an earlier version sans link. Fixed now.

  3. schembs says:

    I had a wonderful experience along these lines.

    About 15 years ago I was visiting an obscure part of the Chesapeake Bay in MD. While skipping stones I picked up a flat, somewhat rounded, roughly triangular stone, approximately the size of 50-cent piece.

    As I cocked my arm back to throw, I noticed scratch marks out of the corner of my eye. After 2-3 minutes adjusting the stone’s angle to the sun, I could just make out the following message, which was scratched into the surface by something very sharp, and very thin:

    “You now have 3 wishes”

    This stone was literally right on the shoreline. The odds that it would be found, and that the message would be noticed, seem infinitesimal…

    For many years that stone made me smile. Unfortunately I lost track of it some time ago, but remembering it still brings me joy.

    I imagine the next person — if he or she is lucky enough — finding it, noticing the message, and wondering just how and why it came into their life.

  4. mdh says:

    Whenever nobody is looking I break off icicles, invert them, and place them into a snowbank to make a righteous castle. Also, little 12-inch snowmen (with twig arms) on strangers’ car hoods also goes over well.

    Up With Whimsy!

  5. Frau Blucher says:

    file under: virgo

  6. i_prefer_yeti says:


    I just ordered a birthday card for my 4-year-old son written by a mouse living in his basement!

  7. seijihyouronka says:

    The rest of her shop is brilliant too — she has earrings which are little capsules full of seeds, and recipe dice!

  8. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Slightly tangential to this topic — more under the category of random acts of kindness, but years ago, my wife and I started paying the toll of the car behind us when we paid. More than once, the person would race up next to us and look rather alarmed, like we must have some dark or nefarious reason for paying for them. The looks were priceless, but after it happened a couple of times, we stopped doing it.

  9. Takuan says:

    can someone else take over the “whinnney” for me? Just for a while?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jut a quick note:
    Lea/World’s Smallest Post Office will be appearing with the ladies of Pod Post (a duo of like-minded letterwriters) at The Curiosity Shoppe (Valencia St.)this weekend (02.07.09)in SF; come on down and say “howdy” from 2-7 pm.
    There’ll be valentines and tiny missives galore!
    –Jennie Pod

  11. mdh says:

    Gareth – not anonymous enough. Feed parking meters.

    Whimsy introduced into a dangerous situation (like a freeway full of fast moving cars) or a supposedly dangerous situation (like a TSA line) is usually seen as trying to make a fool of someone passive- aggressively.

    Remember the lite-brite mooninites? Wonderful… except for the context, one in which many “very serious people” just could not see the fun in it.

    Find a way to make the very serious people smile without freaking them out and you win.

  12. samuelk says:

    My wife and I bought our first house last year, and during the summer, we noticed that a small rabbit had taken up residence our bushes.

    There was a distinct hole made by the rabbit in the monkey grass surrounding the base of the bushes, and on a whim, I decided to create a mailbox for him(or her).

    I also added some mail for the bunny, because who doesn’t like to get mail (except for maybe those Val-Pak mailers):

    More pictures here:

  13. Ameeda says:

    Oh my gosh this reminds me of the best parts of elementary school. Diaoramas were amazingly time-consuming to build, but I remember making a city scene once that I still remember all the details of.

    The product’s absolutely enchanting.

  14. Talia says:

    This is amazingly awesome. Love the concept. What fun.

    An experience I had that evoked a similar sense to how you describe the knothole:

    A year or two back, I was driving down the road when I noticed on the left about 30-40 stuffed animals sitting on a grassy bank that sloped up to the woods. No buildings or signs or anything, just a neatly arranged congregation of stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes, in several orderly rows, all facing the road, sans explanation.

    Bizarre but wonderful. I regret not stopping to get a picture.

  15. allen says:

    I love this!

  16. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Yes, I know (and dearly love) Cheryl Casteen! I haven’t seen her in person in a while, but we’ve talked on the phone, in email, and on Facebook.

    I love mailing weird stuff in the mail. My favorite was a very realistic-looking pelvis a friend sent to me in 1999 when I got my hip replacement. She just wrote the letter right on the faux-bone and glued stamps on it. I proudly display it in my library.

  17. Mimi says:

    Tasha Tudor (1915-2008), an enormously creative American illustrator of children’s books, did this with her children when they were small. She called it “Sparrow Post”, if I recall correctly. That woman made her own magical life.

  18. Gspeex says:

    A few days ago, I saw that you were gonna be a guest blogger. I first read your writing back in 1995 in a book by our mutual…acquanitance…Patch Adams. I then bought the Happy Mutant Handbook, volunteered at GI!, and haven;t turned back.
    I hadn’t noticed the author of this post when I started reading. For some odd reason, the phrase ‘clever whimsy’ reminded me of GI! and you.
    Did you know Cheryl Casteen? She and I used to send an unwrapped fish pencil box back and forth in the mail, stuffed with odd baubles and notes. It was fun to see the look on the postal employees’ faces whenever I got it weighed for postage…

  19. copiesofcopies says:

    So that’s where T-Rex’s tiny letter from Mr. Tusks came from!

    I cannot imagine what the Boing Boing effect will do to this poor woman’s wrist…

  20. wobblesthegoose says:

    Have you seen this recently on Dinosaur Comics?


  21. grom says:

    My Valentines Card to mrs grom arrived this week via Lea’s World’s Smallest Postal Service and was unfortunately opened early as it didn’t have the promised ‘Do not open until Feb 14th’ on the outside envelope. Not a big deal as it was deemed a thing of beauty by mrs grom and everyone who has seen it so big brownie points for me and I don’t have to worry about getting anything for Valentines.

    We’re also going to order a letter from the Tooth Fairy for each of our littl’uns.

    These really are extraordinarily cute and don’t worry about Lea’s poor wrist – she only handwrites orders taken in person, online orders are printed using a custom font of her handwriting (but still looks awesome)

  22. VSC says:

    Neat! You mention she has a web page, any chance of a link?

  23. Takuan says:

    (wag wag wag!)

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