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April 22, 2019

Hello SignWriting List!
Years ago we started a SignWriting Pen Pal Club. We published the SignWriter Newspaper from 1981 to 1984, and the Pen Pal Club was an interesting experiment. Deaf people, and some hearing signers, wrote correspondence letters to each other in their sign languages, using SignWriting. The writers gave us permission to publish some of their letters in the SignWriter Newspaper and it was amazing how well they did writing their sign languages for the first time.

Today I received an email from one of the old Pen Pal Club members, Mr. Sarwar Murshed, a Deaf PenPal writer from Bangladesh. A portion of his email to me is below.

Mr. Murshed states that he wants a new PenPal in 2019 ...

Is there anyone interested in writing letters through the postal mail to Bangladesh?

I have invited Mr. Murshed to join the SignWriting List, and maybe he can accept email correspondence. I hope so.

Please write to me or to Mr. Murshed on email, if you wish to be a PenPal - I assume any language will be ok ;-)

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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Mr. Sarwar Murshed
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Dear Mr. Sarwar Murshed!
Thank you for this email, which you sent to me today. I remember our communication over 30 years ago. It was in the 1980s.

At that time, we had a PenPal Club for Deaf people to write letters in the postal mail, written in their sign languages in SignWriting, and we published some of the PenPal letters in our SignWriter Newspaper. I remember your picture and your writing. It was so much fun and also very educational to see sign languages from around the world written by hand in SignWriting.

We sent you copies of the SignWriter Newspaper at that time.  I am so amazed that you remember us and still want to write to Deaf PenPals? Thank you for keeping in touch with us.

We no longer publish the SignWriter Newspaper. Now we have a SignWriting List that is on email. I am posting your request to the SignWriting List, but I have not exposed your private street address. If someone answers and wants a PenPal, I will write to you.

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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On Apr 22, 2019, at 10:04 AM, Sarwar Murshed <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Valerie Sutton
Center for Sutton Movement Writing 
P.O. Box 517,La Jolla,California-92038.USA.

Dear Sir,
Thank you for I am requesting to can you send help  information the with center for sutton movement writing from usa for greeting to welcome. I am a Deaf of Bangladesh. I am very please to inform that and I would like to information you. I am want Deaf pen pal friend they female and male for most can send any deaf from european. Therefore I am sending this PDF in attach file my photograph the pen pal one copy for with would be more better if it is publish with photo has been send printing back to the Deaf Newspapers and Deaf Magazine for the Deaf Magazine they publish in extremely request to you that also you will hang my particular in can send your notice board the contacts to affiliated with deaf association in the country from European. Please can you kindly send to the Deaf Magazine book any copies help to with by post mail the EMS to registration to my address. I will be very happy to please do reply as early as possible.  Thanking you.  
With best regards

“Talukder House”, Bangladesh


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