One of the truest signs of being an adult is receiving a lot of mail—especially from institutions and companies wanting you to send money, or more money. Although I usually throw most of the non-applicable post out, I started collecting the envelopes and return envelopes this "junk" mail provides. Over the past few months I have started a collection of the interesting and even mesmerizing security patterns that line the walls. It's probably been the easiest collection I've ever had (they do come directly to my door) but surprisingly I've only had a few repeats so far.
Obviously, the main purpose of the patterns are to camouflage sensitive materials inside the envelope from outside eyes, but apparently there is not much regulation on how confusing they have to be—just enough visual noise to stop the peepers from peeping—which allows for the great variety and proliferation in patterns. I am not the first to be inspired or catalogue these beautiful examples of accessorial security, but it seems like something important to continue to categorize and archive. With of the rapid transition into digital information, items like this might not be around for much longer.
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