Old-Fashioned Correspondence

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I started trawling through books, visiting local museums and exhibitions and navigating various online archives, looking for examples of interesting correspondence, and, within a few days, I’d found so many fascinating documents – letters, memos, telegrams – that I was hooked. I’d also become convinced, during my research, that they would make a great subject for a website – an online collection of letters of the kind that are now, in this paperless age of email, deemed old-fashioned.

For years, British copywriter Shaun Usher has been collecting famous people’s letters on his well-known “Letters of Note” blog and now is  publishing his discoveries in a book.

You can read his story on the feature he wrote for The Telegraph.

Also, it’s never too late to subscribe to Letters in the Mail.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →