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Letterjoy Vs History By Mail: A Comparison

Prospective customers sometimes ask our support team how we compare to Historybymail.com. On this page, we lay out the highlights of the Letterjoy difference.

What sets Letterjoy apart?


The short version of it is that Letterjoy puts in the work to make sure we offer the most educational & fun letter subscription on the market.

We do that by poring through offline archives in our home city, Washington, D.C., to find amazing letters, carefully researching each selection, and painstakingly recreating design details in each letter to make sure every letter you receive is beautiful.

We use high-quality papers made in the USA and a real postage stamp to mail every letter.

We also do our mailing and customer service in-house, to make sure that we hit our internal quality bar.

The Longer Version

Ownership & Experience

Letterjoy was founded in Illinois in 2017 by entrepreneur Michael Sitver while studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. We remain proudly American-owned and operated and we mail our letters from the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Curation & Research

Letterjoy’s Washington, D.C. office is located within a half hour’s walk of the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and the manuscript reading room of the Library of Congress.

Proximity to great archives and access to brilliant archivists and historians allows us to find undiscovered gems to share with you. It takes countless hours of work to pore through offline records, and assemble our findings into a four-letter monthly theme that tells the story, but we think the results are worth it.

Design & Readability

Every Letterjoy letter is carefully designed to recreate the experience of receiving the original letter, while maintaining readability. To do this, we work with an outstanding professional design team to restore faded letterhead, signatures, and other design details and carefully lay out each letter for print.

History By Mail seems to mainly print photo copies of existing letters (as seen in their sample letter).


When you order Letterjoy, you get more than just weekly letters. You also get detailed and interesting articles about each letter. Our “postscript” articles are researched and written by a team of experts with degrees from some of the nation’s finest universities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and Georgetown University.

Meanwhile, Historic Mail’s letters include only brief commentary of uncertain origins (Once again, they’re based in China)

Paper & Postage

At Letterjoy, we believe that every element of your experience deserves careful attention. Letterjoy letters arrive at your door on a variety of fine stationeries and parchment-style papers of varying hues and textures, tailored to your letter and, for the most part, milled in the United States.

And we don’t just stop at the paper in tailoring your experience. Each of our letters is mailed to you in a sturdy cream or ivory-colored envelope made in Wisconsin, and sent to your door with a real First-Class stamp.

We fulfill our letters in-house, from our Washington, D.C. mail center, so that we can monitor paper and print quality to assure we're hitting our quality bar. To our knowledge, History By Mail outsources their mailing.

Customer Service

Letterjoy’s customer service team is US-based, with customer satisfaction scores above 90%.

We think the choice between Letterjoy and History By Mail is pretty clear, but if you still aren’t certain, read our sample letters!