Letters of Note: A Dying Art

The modern day has sadly resulted in letter writing becoming a dying art. Whilst the postman may still have a full sack of printed bills and formal communication, it becomes rare that when we hear the thump of the post through the letterbox in the morning, we are greeted with hand-written thoughts and personalised messages. Whether these are the romantic thoughts of long-distance lovers, words of condolence or simply the scribbles of a friend, there is something personal about that unique scrawl; its tangibility makes it all the more heartwarming than Times New Roman font, printed on pristine white factory paper.

Letters of Note is a blog, which brings some of these long lost letters into the technological realm for us all to read, laugh and cry over. It is a collection of letters from famous people from Roald Dahl and Harper Lee to David Bowie, who all took the time to communicate via snail mail.

One of my favorites is Harper Lee’s humble advice (see below), Stephen Hawkins’s witty response to those asking for a time travel equation and Green Day front man, Billie Joe Armstrong’s fierce defence of his lyrics. It’s refreshing to see how many influential people still take the time to reply to the letters they receive. The blog is well worth a read and may even inspire you to pick up a pen yourself!

Here is the transcribed version:

Dear Jeremy

I don't have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:

As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, "I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal."

Signed, Harper Lee

Images sourced from Gallivanting Girls, The Guardian and Letters of Note