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THIS IS A PENPAL SITE

..So what are fbs?

 

Fbs stand for friendship books which are small booklets of penpal adverts which are made for and by fb swappers, and they are a great new way to meet new penpals from all over the world. Hopefully this page will give you enough information to get started swapping them, if you wish to.

HOW DO I MAKE A FB?

It is very simple. Get some sheets of plain or colored paper and make them into a small booklet. On the cover arrange the format like either of these basic layouts:

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Friendship Book

For (owners name and address)

By (makers name and address)

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Friendship Book

For and by(owners name and address)

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Often, the maker of a fb will also add a few words about the sort of penpal he/she wants, and their age, hobbies etc. When you have made your fb just send it to a penpal who will write a small penpal advert inside, and pass it on to someone else who will do the same. When the book is full the last person to sign it has the task of mailing the full fb back to the person it was made for.

WHAT DO I DO WITH THE FBS THAT I HAVE BEEN SENT?

Just write your name and address inside with a few words about the type(s) of penpal you are looking for. Also your age. Please try to pass the fb on to another swapper within a month, as if fbs take much longer to be passed on they take years to be filled up- at the time of making this page, in November 1999, I have recently received small fbs made in 1996 that only 2 people had signed! Fbs should be returned within a year.

WHO DO I SEND FBS TO?

A penpal, ideally who is also looking for new fb swappers or penpals. They can be anywhere in the world, fb swappers are normally aged between about 10 and 90, so lots of different people in all walks of life do fbs.. however a few guidelines are that the majority of fb swappers do not want to write to people in prison so try not to send fbs to inmates. The other main 'no-no' is Ghana, in West Africa, there has been, and continues to be, a big problem there of a few unscrupulous people out to make a fast buck in a poor country, who have been selling fbs on the black market to (usually) young men who are told that the addresses in fbs are those of rich sponsors, and as you can imagine, the resulting letters are very distressing to penpallers. I have actually reported my experiences with this type of mail to the Ghanaian Embassy. But apart from this fb swapping is pretty safe and these problems getting much more unusual.

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