Friends Near and Afar

Friends Near and Afar, Letters we Share and Cherish.

A good question I have asked myself for a while...

And, now I have an accurate answer. Thanks to the Google spreadsheet that monitors the Slowly API, we get a snapshot of all currently included 'stamps' in the catalog.

This is the ultimate authority, as if it's not on the list, it don't exist.


Comments in some good Forum Topics

....can bring up great ideas.

For example, this one, posted on our Slowly subReddit by LoseFirst00, asked :

My letters average around 800-900 words and that’s me saying a lot. What do people who write 2000-4500 words actually say in a letter?
Like how do they fill up so much content. It makes me feel so boring not being able to reach that word limit

Which received an excellent reply


There was a large batch released early Wednesday

...and the pinging on my devices let me know they arrived. 1 am on my location, and now I just finished updating the Slowly Stamps WIKI, so I can post them here as well.

New stamps are first noticed like it happened here, their entry being added on the API is what tells us, serious collectors, that a new stamp is upcoming.


Spotting new Slowly stamps is a thing

I imagine some of you might be curious, on how some folks can spot a new Slowly stamp and talk about it, share an image for it, way before it reaches the stores.

Since early 2020, different people have managed to get an insight into that, and different tools were developed.


We are in the process of doing some major renovations at our SLOWLY Stamps WIKI site. I am one of the admins there, and very happy with some recent work and additions. Starting with the main landing page : Listing of Stamps on SLOWLY


A lovely image I just found on Twitter

...and which I retweeted and thanked the poster for.

It immediately reminded me of my favourite Holidays themed Slowly stamp set – the Purrfect Holiday one.


A new and interesting site for SLOWLY Stamps fans

This morning a comment on my Reddit topic announcing the sad closing of the super useful site, got my attention. This user mentioned and added the URL for a similar site, which I assumed the poster, No-Advantage2155 might be involved with.

I took notice, of course, as we are searching for alternatives. And visited the site, and later returned to get more familiar with it.


There's always been some curiosity

About this, the time it takes for a SLOWLY letter to arrive at our pen pal's destination and their inbox.

An interesting question, and thanks to what-888, a fellow user at our subreddit, we know the way it's calculated.


Not all available Stamp Sets showing in its Stamp Store?

One of our subreddit users noticed an interesting stamp, 'Latte', which he hadn't seen so far.

And he posted and asked about it:

Info on this “Latte” stamp? Is it limited? Is it part of a set?

Prompt response followed and identified it as part of the SLOWLY Coffee House set. Which the OP had not seen – as he uses the Web Client, as I and many others also do.

What is missing, then?


Slowly Android client running in a Windows 10 laptop

Using a Virtual Machine to supplement Web Client

If you follow my Blog, comments on Reddit and Twitter, it's clear I am a great fan of SLOWLY's Web Client – the most productive work environment for someone who is serious about reading, writing serious pen pal letters.

Sadly, there are a few things missing from Web Client. But we could get access to those with a Android Virtual Machine.