Flyfisher's Letterbox Writing
Jan 27 2002
P means put, placed, created, clued, and carved. It is any box you make with a new stamp, clues, and log book. If you
replace a box it does not count as a new P unless the clue and the location and the stamp are all changed. If you start a hitchhiker along
its way it counts as P. If you find the hitchhiker and move it along it is not a P it is an ...
F means found... which means found unless... well, it does not count as found if you planted it, even if you forgot where
it was, or one you already have found, or one you can't remember
finding, but whose stamp you already have (unless two boxes have
duplicate stamps!) It does not even count as found if you find it somewhere
else... down the river, or in the park ranger's office. If you find
a box and repair it by replacing the stamp or pouring the water
out of it or drying it in the summer sun, or putting it in a new
tupperware, it is still found - not placed. You will get extra credit
when it counts - uh, when it is important - it does not count except
to God and to the letterboxer you helped out.
X means exchange... and this usually works by finding the boxer instead of the box. Any letterboxer you find who has
their stamp available can stamp your log book if both parties
agree. (The reverse is true as well.)
Note that no one has ever decreed a punishment levied on an honestly found letterboxer who does not have their stamp
available. If this sport were more like life in fighter squadrons,
someone would have set such a penalty long ago... but it is not. I live
in fear that
I will be found without my squadron coin - especially near a bar - where money runs out of one's pockets like water
through seemingly sealed tupperware. Perhaps, for the good of Boston
pubs, such a punishment could be decreed by the Lords and Ladies of
LbNA. At the very least, this should be required at meetings of
Finally, I saw a posting several weeks back that listed P, F, X and E. I foolishly asked what E might stand for, foolish
because no one answered and here I sit asking again....
I received a reply from Amanda in Seattle that E was for event stamps...
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