Hi, I’m Tara. (That’s me in the photo on the right.) I’m the designer, printer and proprietor of Ephemera Liberated Letterpress. If you love letterpress or are in the market for stationery, check it out.
This blog is a little different from that side of things. Here, we explore uncommon correspondence.
You see, although Ephemera has been in business since 2006, it really started sometime back in 1984, when I learned how to address an envelope in the second grade. I remember my dad double-checking my homework, giving me a 20-something-cent stamp, and leading me to the mailbox to send my first Real Letter on its way. I was hooked.
For years I wrote letters to far away friends, and there was nothing like the excitement of checking the mail and actually having mail. I still have almost all the letters that anyone ever sent me in a big, disorganized box. And I wonder where mine are from time to time. Are they trash? Treasure? Someone else’s ephemera? Evidence? I blog about them sometimes.
A lot has changed since 1984. Hand-written letters have become rare. You could even say that uncommon correspondence is any correspondence at all. Instead, we type and Skype, Facebook and friend. We text – nay! – we tweet.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with Twitter or Facebook. They certainly have their place (and I have lots of fun online). But now that the world moves at the speed of light, you must admit there’s nothing quite like the surprise of a missive in your mailbox to stop you dead in your tracks.
Stop with me.
Let’s unplug for a minute. When you have something important to say, remember that the pen is mightier than the pixel. It’s tough to frame a text. Now more than ever, the medium is the message. So, put it on paper. Address an envelope. Bonus points if it’s beautiful.