Stamps, letters and memories from Glen Ellen

Seed packet stamps

Good news from our friendly folks at the Glen Ellen Post Office. Erika Mysliwczyk (pay no attention to the complex spelling and just say “Mislifchek”) recently shared that those lovely seed packet stamps, which we’ve admired and used for some months now, are the design of Harvey and Georgia Cohen, our Glen Ellen neighbors.

Do any of you still own one of those beautiful seed packet bags they manufactured back in the ’80s? I have one. Make of nice, thick canvas, that bag has schlepped acres of produce, cartons of milk and maybe even a few six packs of brew from the market to home. I love that bag, a relic of an earlier time. A few years ago, I took mine and stashed it away to save it before it turned to shreds.

So many of the grocery bags that we buy these days are trash. Made of some kind of cheap, flimsy material, with poorly sewed seams, they fall apart easily. Not so, for the bags that the Cohens manufactured back in the day.

Harvey suggested the designs on his bags, historic seed packets, for use as postage stamps to the folks in Washington. They jumped. It’s been a big seller since. Ditto for the Jack London stamp, which we still admire but have long ceased using (it’s probably a 39 cent one, or something antiquated like that).

Meanwhile, another of our favorite postal folks, Sandy Volker, who hails from Okinawa though is an American citizen by birth, is on temporary disability leave, owing to a shoulder injury. We’ll miss her while she’s gone, and as Erika does, too, we look forward to her return.

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