Thursday, March 17, 2011

200-year-old love letter found in chair

via retronaut

“A 200-year-old love letter has been found in the arm of a chair at a furniture upholsterers in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England. The note, written in French, was in the chair bought in a house clearance in France. ‘When I started to work on the arm’, said Graham Simpson of Theocus Furniture, ‘I could see a small note, tightly folded up, about the size of a penny. When I opened it, to my amazement it was a note written in pencil, in old French.’

The style of language suggests the letter was composed about 200 years ago. It was written from a man to a woman and sent from the town of Mercurol in the Alps. The translated letter:

“My dear small love, do not be worried, do you seriously believe I would tell anything to these people, who don’t understand anything about love?

If someone insists that I say something, it will be anything but the dear love acquired by you, which is the great treasure hidden in my heart.

I didn’t tell you to come yesterday because I didn’t have the opportunity, but do come every Tuesday around 5:30, and Fridays as well; I count/hope on you tomorrow.

At the moment I write this letter, I can hear my aunt yelling, who else annoys us all day long, today and tomorrow.

My dear, I cover you with kisses and caresses until… I need you in this moment of desire. I love you.”

Hecht Sewing Machine & Motor Co.

via imprint

“The other day [Steven Heller] was taken by Times Design Director Tom Bodkin to an unassuming, narrow storefront on West 38th street in the bustling Garment Center / Port Authority / New York Times area around 8th Avenue. Hecht is the name and once inside this Sewing Machine & Motor Co., Inc. comes alive with the past. The proprietor Steven Hecht is the proud collector of all things mechanical (his 94 year old father is the skilled repairer of all things machine) and the shop, the high walls and narrow 1920s-era space is filled with everything from mannequins to vintage sewing apparatus, with lights, lamps, buffers and stainless Mack Truck dogs sprinkled all around (and on two floors too). . . ”

Read the rest here. A bit of online searching turned up a great ampersand on their signage; I hope to get a photo of it in person someday. Read more about Hecht’s here.

Aled Lewis’ Toy Stories

via how

“London-based designer and illustrator Aled Lewis decided to challenge himself to make a new image every day in 2011. Part of that project is a series of photo illustrations called Toy Stories where Aled photographs actual toys and adds clever/silly text with hilarious results…”

Read the rest here, visit the Toy Stories gallery here.