Going Postal
Handwritten, personally posted letters are coming back
Life / 17 Feb 2012
Among the many casualties of our increasingly digitized culture is the handwritten letter, that telling, romantic relic of our pre-email existence. Just as diehard print fanatics have dedicated themselves to the resurgence of hard-copy media, champions of the traditional paper missive (along with the email-exhausted) are inspiring a letter-writing revival, conceiving unique and artistic ways to refresh and elevate the traditional post.
Paperfinger:
For those who suspect that the cold-and-fast quality of email is sucking some of the sentiment out of their “letters” of love, Bryn Chernoff (aka Paperfinger) is on call to help. The Brooklyn-based calligrapher offers a scribe service to anyone who wishes to express their loving words with elegant, vintage flair. Her love letter transcriptions are artfully scripted on textured Italian stationery and sealed with wax for a bit of added import. The artisan keepsake will set romantics back $200 for up to 125 words, or $350 for as many as 300 words. Botchers of Valentine’s Day, take note: an apology in calligraphy definitely beats a repentant text.
Letters in the Mail
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Fans of online literary magazine The Rumpus can now receive weekly (or near-weekly) hard-copy letters, penned by a curated selection of authors, artists, and media personalities, for a mere $5/month. Called Letters in the Mail, these missives feature authentic touches like ink scribbles, hand-scrawled signatures, and return addresses to encourage reader response—and, importantly, their content will never be posted online, making physical receipt a requirement. Interest in subscription delivery services has hit its peak, and Letters in the Mail accordingly secured almost 1,500 members within weeks of its launch. On board to write upcoming missives are Dave Eggers, Margaret Cho, and Jonathan Ames.
The Brother in Elysium Correspondence Subscription:
Letterpress artisan and collector of ephemera Jon Beacham recently introduced a personally curated delivery service called The Brother in Elysium Correspondence Subscription. For a fee of $125, Beacham will send each subscriber five works from his collection over the course of a year. Selected pieces could include anything from letters to letterpress prints, poems, photos, books, or collages, and will largely revolve around his artistic focus of the moment. Interested parties are advised to mail—yes, mail—their payment to Beacham’s Brooklyn address to get started. For a glimpse into the objects of fleeting admiration Beacham encounters daily, check out The Brother in Elysium blog.
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