Letterboxing

Another way I fool away the little time I have left is Letterboxing, but I don't spend nearly as much time Letterboxing as I do geocaching.  As you may know I also do geocaching & postcrossing.  Letterboxing is a game somewhat similar to geocaching except it has been around in Great Britain since the mid 1800s. It was begun in the US in the 90s as a result of an article about the history of Letterboxing in Smithsonian Magazine. Its origin can be traced to Dartmoor, Devon, England in 1854.

Letterboxing in the US is different that in England (visit link). Each Letterboxer carves his/her own rubber stamp that represents them. Each person who plants (places) a Letterbox carves a stamp specifically for that box. The box will contain, as a minimum, the rubber stamp. A regular Letterbox will also contain a stamp-pad or scroll -- some small Letterboxes don't contain a stamp-pad. The boxs name is relevant to the stamp, or vice versa. The location of the box is described in words instead of latitude & longitude.  Something like Go to the front door of the abandoned church near the bend in the Oogla River north of Potsmouth, Missouri. From there walk about 300 paces ENE to the big oak.  Walk 20 paces due west from the big oak and you will find the box. The box and these instructions are posted on a Letterboxing website.  There are two major Letterboxing websites Letterboxing.org (AKA, Letterboxing North America) and Atlas Quest.  Letterboxing.org was established earlier than Atlas Quest and therefore was once (and may still be) the dominant Letterboxing website.  But, Atlas Quest is much better done and is taking the ball away from Letterboxing.org.  Many people list their letterboxes on both websites and use both to get lists of Letterboxes to hunt. 

Once a box is found the person uses an ink pad to make an impression of his/her stamp on the logbook (stamp-pad/scroll) in the box, then they make an impression of the stamp in the box on the logbook/stamp-pad they carry for this purpose. Some Letterboxs contains a ink-pad, but its unusual. Normally the ink pad must be brought by the person hunting the box.

This is a picture of the kit I take with me when hunting Letterboxes.

Click Here to see my only Letterbox.

Below are impressions of some Letterboxing stamps

 
My Personal Stamp

 
Stamp from My Defunct Letterbox

 

 
Pelican Path Project

 
Suburban Oasis

Sizes are not to scale.  My stamp is roughly twice as large as the rest