It was a year ago this month that the idea of pouring words onto a page and beer into a glass gently struck us, as we sat comfortably in Doobies Bar.  Owner Patty Brett encouraged us (Mike McGettigan/trophy bikes, Nestor Torres / Casa Papel, that is) – and PUBLETTERS was born.

Since then, we’ve been to lovely taverns all over Philadelphia (and one down in Atlanta!), encouraging that heartfelt, lasting form of communication–the handwritten letter, bearing a First Class stamp and delivered by the greatest mail couriers on the planet Earth–the US Postal Service.


We’ve watched nearly two thousand letters clunk into the mail box, some going down the street, some as far as Ireland, Uganda and Vatican City. We’ve written to soldiers on patrol, prisoners waiting for parole, and a little boy in Foxboro, Massachusetts hoping for just one more birthday card.

JOIN US IN JULY, back at Doobies Bar, 22nd & Lombard Streets, every Tuesday night (7/7, 14, 21 & 28th) for Publetters. Enjoy a craft beer or two and write a nice letter to someone special. They’ll be glad you did. Remember, if you want to get mail, you have to write mail.  • We start about 7 p.m. and go till well after 9.  Yes, we will lend you a pen. Not sure who to write to? Check out our “cheat sheet” packed with addresses of the great and good, from Kevin Bacon to His Holiness Pope Francis to brewer Dick Yuengling to gutsy comedian Tig Notaro.

                  As always, PUBLETTERS is FREE, and it is brought to you by:          CASA PAPEL & TROPHY BIKES.   •    Letters Last – Write One Today!

Happy Birthday to Us (and You) !

Happy Birthday to Us (and You) !

About phillytyper

Co-owner, Trophybikes in Philadelphia; live with and tolerate computers; but I also dig manual typewriters. Shoot film from time to time, as a break from the rush of digital. Favorite bikes: Brompton S3L-X, Surly Cross Check, SURLY Long Haul Trucker Favorite camera: Leica M4, Fujifilm X20, Nikon F4. Favorite typewriter: Olympia SM9, Olivetti Lettera 22.
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