Message in a Bottle and the US Postal Service

August 2, 2009
Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775, the Postal Service has grown and changed with America, boldly embracing new technologies to better serve a growing population.

1860 – Pony Express began
1863 – Free city delivery began
1896 – Rural free delivery began
1913 – Parcel Post began
1918 – Scheduled airmail service began
1950 – Residential deliveries reduced to one a day
1963 – ZIP Code inaugurated
1970 – Express Mail® began experimentally
1971 – United States Postal Service® began operations
2008 – Competitive pricing for expedited mail began

Since 1775, when the Second Continental Congress called for “a line of posts . . . from Falmouth in New England to Savannah in Georgia,” the United States Postal Service has delivered for America, reaching further as the nation has grown and moving faster as technology has developed.

The history of the United States Postal Service is rooted in a single, great principle: that every person in the United States – no matter who, no matter where – has the right to equal access to secure, efficient, and affordable mail service. (Referenced by usps.com)

We at amessagebottle.com have used other services but none out weighs The United States Postal Service and their dedication. They even help us locate a package and reroute it as the recipient had to go out of town and missed their delivery. By far they have been superior in their endeavor to assist us.

We recently had wedding invitations mailed out through USPS and everyone at the post office was astounded by the new way our packaging showed off the beauty of our plastic bottled invitations. The new packaging allows us to preserve the look of the invitations. No longer do the mailing labels distract from the look of the personalized invitations, they truly become a keepsake of the bride and grooms very special day.

We want to thank USPS for taking such good care of amessagebottle.com and our beautiful message in a bottle greetings and invitations. Since we live in a relatively small town we have come to know each of the postal workers and they truly are very helpful and we appreciate them very much. We want to thank them for their hard work and dedication and for being a great representative for the US Postal Service.

Message in a Bottle Champagne Celebration

Message in a Bottle Champagne Celebration

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Message in a Bottle Soldiers Stories

July 30, 2009
Romance on the High Seas

Romance on the High Seas

Throughout the years Message in a Bottle has been a fascinating way of communication for soldiers and their loved ones.

When “Aunt Pete” wrote to her soldier nephew in France in 1918, she had no idea what she was starting. Her letter began life inside a US mail bag, spent almost 90 years as a message in a bottle and ended up generating an avalanche of transatlantic emails.

An article was published reporting that Aunt Pete’s letter, sent from Oklahoma City in July 1918, had been found by French archaeologists in a spring-topped beer bottle near old trench lines in Lorraine.

The letter – almost perfectly preserved – gave a jaunty account of the mood in the midwest of the United States four months from the end of the First World War.

“In 1953 a bottle was found in Tasmania 37 years after it had been dropped overboard by two Australian soldiers on their way to France in a troopship. The mother of one of the soldiers recognized the handwriting of her son who had been killed in action in 1918″.

In June 1944 soldiers from the 6th Battalion Border Regiment took part in the D-Day Landings. Scheduled for 5 June, D-Day was put back 24 hours so that the landing could take place early on the morning of June 6th, 1944.

Among the soldiers, there were nine members of the 6th Border Regiment, members of No.10 Beach Group. Their job was to organize the beaches and establish reception posts for personnel, transport, provisions and armored vehicles. During the Channel crossing they drank a bottle of champagne that they had bought back in 1940 and had kept it for a special occasion.

Champagne gone they decided to write their names and a message on a piece of paper in hopes of a safe return they wrote that when and if the bottle was found to please put this paper in the post along with the bottle to The Castle, Carlisle, Cumberland, England and signed it, HJ Bartholomew, J Westoll, C Askew, B Oliver, T Heath, JW Triggs, T Graham (MO), RC Troughton and T Mackie.

Interesting that Message in a Bottle messages have been used throughout the years as special communications with the hope and dream of them being captured and read by any person who is lucky enough to find it.

We have had many soldiers order our beautiful Message in a Bottle gifts for their loved ones be it their girlfriend, fiancee, wife and yes even their wonderful MOMS. They may not be sent through the ocean as they have in the past but they have certainly flown over it to meet it’s destination safe and sound. We are very proud of our military and the wonderful freedom they provide. Thank you to all our military and May God Bless and Keep you Safe.Babies Breath and Butterflies

Letter from Santa with a Message in a Bottle

June 29, 2009
Santa and his Sleigh

Santa and his Sleigh

The tradition and wonderful illusion we give our children at Christmas time is a pure joy when we see their faces light up with such excitement. Christmas is a time of wonderment and pure elation. The Macy’s day parade and snow on the ground and the lighted trees help to bring the fantasy alive for our children. The height of excitement is when you take your child to the local department store and Santa is waiting there to listen to your children’s wishes for the holiday season. They can also receive a special message in a bottle greeting that holds a letter from Santa Claus, their favorite character of the year. With a transparent picture of Santa and his reindeer and the illusion of snow shaking in the bottle brings pure joy to the little ones faces.

When was the first Christmas card sent? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? We have learned to love the origins of Christmas and some of our favorite Christmas traditions and symbols that can bring families close together.

There are lots of Christmas traditions that are practiced by a number of countries all over the world during the holiday season. These traditions can be as diverse as the culture and religious practices of each and every country in the world.

The tradition of Santa begins in the 4th century with Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, an area in present day Turkey. By all accounts St. Nicholas was a generous man, particularly devoted to children. After his death around 340 A.D. he was buried in Myra, but in 1087 Italian sailors purportedly stole his remains and removed them to Bari, Italy, greatly increasing St. Nicholas’ popularity throughout Europe.

His kindness and reputation for generosity gave rise to claims he that he could perform miracles and devotion to him increased. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, where he was known by his red cape, flowing white beard, and bishop’s mitre.

He takes flight with his reindeer every December 25th making all boys and girls who have been good throughout the year very happy with the presents he leaves under their tree.

With a message in a bottle letter from Santa that tradition stays alive in a very special way.

Message in a Bottle Santa with Presents

Small History of Message in a Bottle and Us

June 28, 2009

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The first recorded messages in a bottle were released approximately around 310 BC by the Ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus, as part of an experiment to show that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the inflowing Atlantic Ocean.

On his journey back to Spain after discovering the New World, Christopher Columbus’s ship entered a severe storm. Columbus threw a report of his discovery along with a note asking it to be passed on to the Queen of Spain, in a sealed cask into the sea, hoping the news would make it back even if he did not survive. In fact Columbus survived and the sealed report was never found.

In the 16th century the English navy, among others, used bottle messages to send ashore information about enemy positions. Queen Elizabeth I even created an official position of “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles“, and anyone else opening the bottles could face the death penalty.

In May 2005 eighty-eight shipwrecked migrants were rescued off the coast of Costa Rica. They had placed an SOS message in a bottle and tied it to one of the long lines of a passing fishing boat.

The oldest message in a bottle spent 92 years 229 days at sea. A bottom drift bottle, numbered 423B, was released April 25th 1914 and recovered by fisherman, Mark Anderson of Bixter, Shetland, UK, on December 10, 2006.

The stories go on and on throughout history making a message in a bottle one of the most intriguing forms of communications as far back as history can recall. We have taken the theme of Message in a Bottle one step further and made it one of the most elegant greetings or invitations that you can possibly send or receive. Designed beautifully with lovely petite silk flowers inside they also contain a loving message from the sender.

We are a family owned business, including within it’s walls a web designer, bottle designer, photographer and much more. We work hard on giving the best quality designed into each and every bottle we send out. Most of our work is enjoyed here in the continental USA, but we also receive orders as far away as the UK. But the most rewarding gift we send is for our troops that fight to keep our wonderful country safe from harm. They are truly the back bone of the USA.

Message in a Bottle Romance

June 18, 2009
Message in a Bottle Romantic Gift

Message in a Bottle Romantic Gift

Message in a Bottle, Romantic Gift Ideas

Message in a Bottle is an ever growing style of greetings that is one of the best you will ever give or receive and is also a long lasting and treasured gift. Here at amessagebottle.com we offer a very unique style of greeting. They are beautifully designed from the inside out, not just stickers on the outside of the bottle or just a little sand and confetti thrown in for appearance. Ours have lovely silk flowers backed up by sparkling pastel color to add contrast to their individual styling and yes we do offer our standard message in a bottle with faux sand and sea shells, but we also offer the illusion of a beach umbrella under a palm tree for the ultimate beach scene.

One of our greatest features is the versatility and ease of our navigational abilities. As well as our high speed connection we now offer a slow speed connection for ease of navigation within our shopping cart for those of you who are still on dial up connections. Who out there can offer such a feature in a Message in a Bottle site? In slow speed connection you are offered a list of text for you to select one Message in a Bottle of your choice at a time. This way your load time is virtually cut in half. Most web sites are accustomed to offering only one speed connection. We also have our high speed connection which offers 10 products at a time. Either way we hope that our beautifully designed amessagebottle.com will dazzle your eyes with a very unique Message in a Bottle greetings.

The message in a bottle comes in different sizes. Glass round, plastic round and glass square bottles to accommodate the style one prefers and depending on the gift one would like to send. One can even send romantic gift certificates as gifts which will sway the hearts of their loved ones especially if one prefers to include a gift of lingerie.

Diving Dolphins

Diving Dolphins

Hello World Welcome to A Message Bottle

June 18, 2009
Tropical Beach Invitations

Tropical Beach Invitations

The history of invitations dates back to the 18th Century.

There is a long history to the evolution of the Invitation as we know it today. How did they arise and who used them? How was wording composed and how were they delivered? Why do current invitations all appear to follow a consistent style? Why not be inventive and creative by modifying and changing the style in which an invitation is viewed. Why not a MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE? Now we have a whole new outlook on invitations.

Knowing the history and the traditions behind the social invitation will help you in your selection. You can then take exception to current “standards” and still conform to socially accepted standards. Or if you wish, you can create a new, unique Message In a Bottle Invitation that will set you apart from the norm yet still be in good taste.

Our newest and most wonderful specialized greeting is a transparent image of your loved one inside a Message in a Bottle. We now have a crystal clear plastic Message in a Bottle that can be dropped in the mail at a fantastic savings. To preserve the appearance of your invitation they are mailed in a plastic bag so postage and address labels do not interfere with the uniqueness of your very special invitation. Compared to the cost of any paper greeting and you will see that these are very unique keepsakes to be treasure and displayed for many years to come. For any order of 12 or more plastic bottles the guest of honor will receive a glass Message in a Bottle memento as a keepsake for their very special occasion. These wonderful clear plastic message in a bottle can be used for wedding invitations, bridal showers, baby showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties and much, much more. They have also been ordered by high schools as special gift for their graduating students.

Everyone loves to be different and unique and our new photo bottles allows you the luxury of being an individual in your own right. Greetings are and should be a very personal experience. Our ordering process allows you to add a personal message to each and every invitation that is ordered. You no longer have to email your greeting and have it be a standard message. We all know that messages to our parents and messages to our guests are very different from each other and we love for all our messages to be personalized for each individual. We have a very convenient and unique ordering system for a very unique message in a bottle gift.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations