Miniature Kinetic Sculptures Are the Coolest Snail Mail You Could Possibly Send Someone

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Stamps and envelopes and mailboxes—I DON'T DO THAT. But these MechaniCards—a set of five intricate and mesmerizing handcrafted mechanical sculptures you can send in the mail—are awesome enough to get me back standing in line for postage.

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Each MechaniCard is hand made by artist Bradley N. Litwin. The Radial Engine, the first card shown in the video, is currently available for $45. The rest will be available next month, for prices ranging from $35 to $75 for the deliciously complex "Yike-a-cycle," which the creator describes as "the final work in the introductory series, featuring a lone, cycling apparition, that traverses an undulating, circular path to promised enlightenment."

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So so awesome! The last time I had an apparition in the mailbox was when I got the live action Casper DVD from Netflix. [MechaniCards]

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DISCUSSION

I see lots of pearls-before-swine comments on here. (And it's just an expression, I'm not really calling anybody here swine.)

It's unfortunate that we've become so jaded anymore. We can't appreciate the simple cleverness and beauty of a hand-crafted, well-conceived object. Gotta have a Skype client for it, or it ain't jack.

Well, I guess I'm an old coot, but I think these are awfully nice.