Of wax, wafers and Inkwells – part two

21st February 2017By Mark DiamondNews

  The thing to remember of course is that in the early 1800’s letters were charged by weight, distance and number of sheets.There were various ways of folding a sheet of paper but most would have resulted in three writing surfaces and a blank space for the address. Once written the letter would have to … Read More

Of wax, wafers and inkwells – part one

7th January 2017By Mark DiamondNews

It’s difficult in these days of instant communication, of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to imagine a time when the writing and sending of a letter could be a time consuming and complicated affair. Let’s say you were sending a letter in the early 1800’s; you would certainly need to be literate, which many weren’t and … Read More