Letterboxer's Companion: Exploring the Mysteries Hidden in the Great Outdoors

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Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 128 pages
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From the day in 1854 when James Perrott placed a bottle for visitors' cards on a moor in Dartmoor, England, to the feature article in a 1998 issue of Smithsonian introducing the sport to a U.S. audience, to the thousands of letterboxes today scattered throughout North America, the quaint Old World pastime of letterboxing has come a long way. And it's not surprising. This fascinating, family-friendly sport—an intriguing mix of hiking, puzzle solving, treasure hunting, and rubber stamp artistry, topped off with the thrill of discovery—offers something for everyone.

The basic idea is simple enough: Clues, usually posted on a website, lead to the secret location of a “letterbox.” And yet there is much more to know. The Letterboxer's Companion is a complete introduction that covers everything from a history of letterboxing to tips on writing and following clues, from instruction in carving personal stamps to letterboxing etiquette—in short, everything an aspiring letterboxer needs to get started.


 

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Contents

1 History of Letterboxing
1
2 Gearing Up to Find Letterboxes
5
3 Basics of Finding Letterboxes
11
4 Basics of Creating Letterboxes
28
5 Basics of Rubber Stamp Artistry
52
6 Letterboxing Etiquette and Conventions
68
7 Advanced Techniques
79
8 Internet Resources
97
Glossary
107
Index
111
Back Cover
117
Spine
118
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Randy Hall is a cofounder of the Letterboxing North America website, letterboxing.org, and is a nationally ranked orienteer. 

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