In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, amid a mess of displaced personal items, a miracle has emerged: 57 vintage love letters were discovered yesterday in the debris. Even more surprising is how they found their way to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey — and that they’re still legible.
It was a 14-year-old boy who stumbled upon the soggy notes as he sifted through remnants of belongings along the shore with his mother, Kathleen Chaney. The two headed home to dry the letters by the fireplace. “Well Darling, two weeks from today and we will be married,” read one letter, dated 1948. Read more…
Artist Steve Powers started out as a graffiti writer, tagging under the name ESPO. These days, he’s embarked on a creative way to beautify his environment and bring city folks together. His “A Love Letter for You” project involves artists painting love notes and sweet nothings on city buildings and bridges in an effort to inspire a little love and tenderness. So far, he’s done “Love Letter” exhibitions in Philadelphia and Syracuse, letting residents know, “Your everafter is all I’m after.” [A Love Letter For You] Keep reading »
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had one of those great, epic love affairs that spanned decades. Yes, she had many, many grooms, but I think the fact that Richard was her groom twice qualifies him as the most important man in her life. (Well, with the exception of Michael Jackson, maybe.) Their relationship was tumultuous, full of twists and turns. At times they were madly, passionately in love; at others times, they were hating each other; and sometimes they were just friends. Now we will finally get a glimpse into Burton’s complex inner life and the couple’s complicated relationship. A new set of unpublished love letters from Burton to Taylor will be featured in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. Keep reading »
In our digital age, it’s easy enough to sext or send naughty digital pics. However, we’d hardly call that way of communicating romantic. Instead, try these cute Poketo capsule letters, which let you write something sweet on a tiny piece of paper, roll it up, and put it in a plastic pill-like container for your love to find. Just hope your object of affection doesn’t swallow it by mistake.
Last night, I was watching a travel show, and I learned about The Juliet Club. Based in Verona, Italy, where Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet lived, the group receives thousands of letters every year addressed to Juliet. The notes arrive from around the world and come for a variety of reasons and from a diverse group of people — those looking for love advice, people seeking out Juliet herself, or lonely souls wanting to understand the secret to finding true love. In turn, the members of The Juliet Club reply to each and every Juliet letter they receive. Many of the letters are addressed simply to “Juliet, Verona, Italy,” but they find their way to Verona eventually. As the letters are written in a wide range of languages — from Braille to Chinese — the club seeks out an appropriate volunteer to answer, so no love note goes unresponded to. Sweet, no? [The Juliet Club] Keep reading »
Here’s your daily dose of sweetness: a couple in England who fell in love as teenagers writing letters back and forth during WWII is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. Geoff and Pat Bunyan, now 83 and 82, became friends in 1945 shortly before Geoff was deployed to fight in the war. Over the next several years (Geoff remained overseas after the war ended to “clean up the mess”), the two sent a whopping 600 letters to each other, numbering each one to keep track of them. Though the letters began with a friendly tone, as the two shared stories and opened up to each other, their correspondence took a more romantic turn. Soon, they were proclaiming their love to one another, looking forward to the day Geoff would return to England and they could be together. When Geoff finally returned home in 1948 — three years after he left! — he married Pat and the two of them bought a house together, which they still live in to this day. Keep reading »