About a week ago, I had a meltdown when a Photoshop file malfunctioned and I lost a weekend's worth of work. So what did I do? Well, after I held my head in my palms and rocked back and forth for ten minutes, I scooped myself a heaping bowl of ice cream and logged onto eBay.
These airmail envelopes were the damage I did that night.
Next, in the spirit of the American election, I bought an original set of these JFK envelopes. My most beloved pen pals may actually receive a letter in one.
Then I went on an international kick and bought these from Brazil, I love the yellow stripes, I don't have any others like them in my collection.
Next is this pair from Israel, I really enjoy the Hebrew text.
And lastly, these four different ones from Poland, I really like the graphic design of the postage stamps.
I have a rule that I don't spend more than $10 on an envelope, including the cost of shipping. Usually they are a lot less (the first one from Chicago was $0.25, for example.) I mention this because I exercised a whole lot of restraint by not buying this black Austrian envelope with beautiful line work and the most fiercesome stamp I've ever seen. If anyone feels like buying it for me, my birthday is only 6 months and ten days away.
You can check out other envelopes in my vintage airmail collection here.