Illustration by Elizabeth Enright (1941) from "The Saturdays."
I wanted to share an excerpt from a book I'm reading right now that I thought is perfect for the season:
"This Christmas," Father said to them, "there is a war; and I am poorer. You'll have to do a lot for yourselves. You'll have presents, of course, but perhaps not such fine one as before. Try to remember how lucky we are. A family living together in a nice funny old house: a family that is fortunate enough to have light, and food, and warmth, and no fear of anything."
"That's quite a lot," Rush said afterward. "I've been reading the papers and know that that's quite a lot for us to have."
"So this year they made Christmas for themselves and it was fun. More fun, really, than buying things ready-made." ... [read the entire book online]
- Page 109 of The Four-Story Mistake (1942), by Elizabeth Enright
Kathy here. I'm the history nerd behind this blog as well as one half of the stationery shop 16 Sparrows. I'm also co-founder of the member- based group, The Letter Writers Alliance. If you are new here, check out some of the most popular posts and work your way from there.
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm
1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse at 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
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