One summer, during a long weekend in rural Pennsylvania, I purchased a box of dusty old letters at a flea market. All were from one deceased man's home. His name was Jack Jolley.
For the rest of the summer and most of the fall I read through most of these letters. I came across beautiful handwriting, wonderful stories, and gorgeous postal elements. It seemed intrusive, but after a while it made me realize that these letters represented a period where people took the time to communicate with each other deliberately.
The letters ranged from the 1940's to the 1980's. Spanning 40 years of historical timelines. Through the letters he wrote and received, I felt like I began to know him and the people he loved.
I harvested my favorite elements from Jack's letters and envelopes and letterpress printed them onto coasters as a gift to remind people to keep in touch.
Whether they are a stranger, friend, teacher, or family member, my interactions with people define my life. We don't know each other well enough and I hope this gift was a reminder to change that.