Readers share personal accounts of their pen pals.
Hawaiian Pen Pal: Carolyn has kept the letters from her pen pal for more than 50 years.
Carolyn – Sutherland, Iowa
England and America Meet Through Pen Pal Program: Nola and her pen pal, Robert, from England, learned many things about one another through their letters.
Nola – Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Correspondence Chess Introduced People All Over the World: The game of chess was great fun, and James met many interesting people.
Many Common Interests: Receiving a letter in the mail from a pen pal brightens the day and demands immediate attention from the recipient.
Long-Distance Friendship Still Going Strong After Nearly 60 Years: Pen pals Romona (left) and Maureen enjoyed meeting in person in the summer of 1959. This photo was taken outside of Shakespeare’s Cottage, Stratford-on-Avon, England.
Romona – Grinnell, Iowa
Special Friendship Survived Cold War in Germany: Graffiti and greetings cover the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall that was built separating East and West Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War. The opening was a way to freedom for many.