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Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters

Shaun Usher is delighted to have a copy of the new book Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, which is available for purchase today. He has published two of the letters at Letters of Note, in which the author’s fatherly side is evident. One concerns his son Mark, who received his draft notice in 1967. Here’s the first [...]

Scaffoldage

The picture blog Scaffoldage uses the tagline “Skeletal Archiporn.” It’s another project from Shaun Usher of Letterheady and Letters of Note. Some of the scaffolds shown are almost works of art; others can frighten or even make you feel woozy. There is no text, but each image is linked to its source. The scaffold shown [...]

Muppet Letters

Shaun Usher at Letters of Note posted a collection of letters from Muppets. Actually, the letters are from Caroll Spinney (who does Big Bird), Jim Henson, and the Swedish Chef (penned by Henson). Ho Komissionooster Sjolund! Sveern hund der meenskroo skort herg dah smorgasbord bord bord. Gloo das click click ein mein filmikin den Washington fom des Fancy [...]

Mark Twain Pwns Snake Oil Salesman

I’m a little late in posting this, but it’s too awesome to pass: Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note has a copy of a 1905 letter sent by Mark Twain to a patent medicine salesman who tried to sell bogus medicine. Twain was furious to have received the pitch as he was recently widowed after his [...]

Letterheady: A Blog About Letterheads

(L) Walt Disney Productions – via COHASCO DPC (R) Frank Zappa – via Kill Ugly Radio Robot Salesmen Ltd. – via We Made This From Shaun Usher of (sadly now defunct) deputydog and the fantastic Letters of Note blog, here comes Letterheady, an online homage to letterheads: Link

Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen and Other Bad Dating Show Ideas

Forget Who Wants To Marry a Multi-Millionaire! There’s an even better reality tv / dating show idea: Who Wants To Marry a U.S. Citizen: Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen was a show devised by the geniuses at Morusa Media in California in 2007, and by the end of that year they already had the first pool [...]

A Sampling of Niche Blogs

Setting up a new blog is simple and free if you use public platforms like Blogger or Wordpress or Twitter. A few years after ordinary people discovered the joys of blogging, experienced bloggers are branching out into multiple blogs. This led to the rise of niche blogs, blogs devoted to a very narrow subject. The [...]

Televox, a Clever Ghetto Camouflage of an Ugly AC Unit

Photo: d.billy [Flickr] Shaun Usher wrote a nifty post about a few unusual air conditioners from around the world – from the high-brow art/AC unit from LG to the Dunstable Wind Catcher, which is based on ancient Persian technology. I, on the other hand, am immediately drawn to “Televox,” a clever camouflage of a window unit [...]

7 Fascinating Love Letters

Have you ever written a love letter? How did it turn out? Sappy or clever? I betcha it’s not as awesome as this one sent about 100 years ago by William Weightman. He wrote the entire thing in rebus (for example, the word “dearest” is formed using a picture of a deer followed by the [...]

Servant Until Death

Shaun Usher of deputy dog has a new blog called Letters of Note which shares classic correspondence of all kinds. One that stands out is from a slave named Vilet Lester to a member of her former owner’s family, written in 1857. Here is an excerpt. I am well and this is Injoying good hlth and [...]