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FRIENDSHIP BOOKS AND SWAPPERS

 

Below are some descriptions of various hobbies our members take part in. These descriptions are too help those of you that may be reading through some profiles and come across a hobby that you have not heard of before..

FRIENDSHIP BOOKS (FB for short)
These are small books that are often made by hand. Snail mailers send out these books to eachother as a sort of guestbook so their penpals can sign the books and return them. FB's are usually made for someone as a gift to thank them for something.. but often people make them just for fun also. Within a FB you will find commonly used abbreviations - these abbreviations are below. Those people that sign a FB, write in their names and addresses and sometimes their birthday, hobbies and interests. If you receive a FB and don't wish to sign it, you can just write in that you are passing.

The format of the FB is not confined at all. There are unlimited ways to present a Friendship Book... any design and any colors are allowed.When you start swapping you can get FB's in many different shapes and sizes and colors. Sometimes it can take a long time to a FB signed and returned - so remember patience is a virtue. FB Swappers often use stickers, stamps and others prints to decorate a friendship book.

Friendship books are not just limited to postal swappers - you can also have similar books in email format.

A/A Answer All NNS No New Swappers
A/M Answer Most NPW New Penpals Wanted
A/O Answer Only NSW New Swappers Wanted
A/S Answer Some PC Postcards
B/D Birth Date SNNP Sorry No New Penpals
F/F Friends Forever SWA Swap with All
Addy Address T/C Take Care
L/L Long Letters V/C View Cards
L/L/P Long Letter Pals W/B Write Back
N/N/P No New Pals W/B/S Write Back Soon
N/N/S No Newswappers W/S Write Soon
N/P/W New Penpals Wanted W/W Worldwide

 

CRAMS
These are similar to FB's but a summarised version. In these you don't include any detailed information - just your name and address.

DECO FB's
These refer to decorated Friendship books. If you receive a deco, you have a whole page to complete and give your personal touch. You can decorate it with magazine cutouts and make sure you sign your name.

Sticker Slams
Otherwise known as sticker Friendship books are similar to decos, but here you decorate the books with stickers instead of magazine cutouts..

SLAMS
This is a small booklet that can come along with a FB.. There is space to sign your name usually on the first page. Then there is usually some questions on teh following pages.. For eg: What is your favourite movie or Book?.

Symbol SLAMS
This is where you write a symbol (@ $ & etc) alongside your name and you put this beside the sentences you think are appropriate to you. For example you may see a question like.. Would you like more penpals and alongside this you would put your symbol if you did want more penpals.

 

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