Handwritten letters have been very popular in the past and they have a very interesting history as well which we will study in the following part of the article. Songs, storytelling, initiations and festivals were used by the people in the past in order to preserve their memories as well as traditions. Earlier the people used to pass the information to others by marking on the stones, marking on the woods, indent in the clay and knotted cords. Clay tablets were used by Babylonians in order to record the astronomical observations.
As recorded by Hellanicus an ancient historian, the first handwritten letter was written around 500BC by Atossa who was a Persian Queen and daughter of Syrus. The advanced writing methods were tree barks and leaves while in Ancient Libraries of Alexandria and Pergamum, the papyrus scrolls were uncovered.
As the popularity of the papyrus was on rise in the East, the laws were formed so that they do not leave their origin country. Beech tree barks called boc were used by Saxons and from here only the word book was originated. Greeks were the first ones who developed the earliest means of writing that involved the use of paper and pen. Materials like bone, sharpened wood and metal was used in ancient times to make the pen.
The goose quills in Saxon England were used in 5th century and in ancient Greece use of lead pencils were done as a temporary marker. It was not before the 14th century that pencils which were made from lead composite became common and popular.
Before 1840, horse rider, courier and coach were used in order to deliver the letters. Athlete runners and pigeons were used by Greeks and Arabs respectively to deliver the letters. The first prepaid stamp nationwide postal delivery service was introduced in the year 1840 by Great Britain and in the year 1860, the post office was invented.