Following the recent story in which someone sent a letter to his friend in Cornwall with a map for an address come two more stories:
1. Harriet Russell sent 130 hand-designed envelopes through the post consisting of puzzles for addresses, of which the PO solved 120. One review on Amazon describes it like this:
Author Harriet Russell grew up in a house called Shulbrede Priory; not surprisingly, people often misspelled that name, and Harriet bemusedly noted how often her family received their mail even when it was grossly mislabeled. Harriet later moved into a flat with a less challenging address, but viewed her earlier mail experience as a challenge; she began mailing herself letters. However, for kicks she purposefully obscured her address in various ways. Initially, she simply tried to make the address difficult to read; for example, the first envelope in this book presents the address written in mirror image. When these inaugural efforts arrived unscathed at her home, she made them more challenging – veritable mysteries for the mail carriers. One of the envelopes involved a crossword puzzle, and sure enough a postal worker carefully solved the puzzle, recording the responses in red ink and neatly written block letters. Other envelopes required a dot-to-dot procedure or cracking a code before the address became apparent.
2. Now there is an American challenge. Can the USPS deliver this letter:
As I noted before, this was all anticipated in the 1980s by geographers Peter Gould and Waldo Tobler. Gould had a number of postcards sent to Tobler from around the world with just a lat-long for an address. Four cards were delivered to Tobler (at the university rather than his home which was the location on the cards) presumably because his name was recognized.