We've gotten used to ugly letters and postcards. It's a sad fact. And to anyone who collects stamps, the USPS spray-on cancels makes a complete mess of the beautiful little pictures that carry our letters across towns, states and countries.
The good news is, the USPS allows mailers to handcancel their postage beautifully provided one has a permit to do so. Even better, the permit is free under certain conditions which I explain in Handcancelled: A Guide to Obtaining and Using a Mailer's Postmark Permit.
California, United States of America