Did you know…?
That letter-writing dates back to the ancient times in Ancient Egypt, Rome, India, China, Greece, and Sumner?
It’s a funny realization, because we tend to think of letters as a only a couple of hundred years old. Most probably because they only became the most prominent during the 17th and 18th centuries.
While letters were the only form of communication for some people, they also ‘were a way to practice critical reading, self-expressive writing, polemical writing and also exchange ideas with like-minded others.’¹ Today, letters are more than appreciated now we appear into what we call the digital age. Someone has made the effort to out a pen to paper, and write down their thoughts.
It’s almost sacred.
Imagine if you came across an old historical letter, and you had a chance to capture that bit of history. Just imagine…
You see a letter. Lying in the dirty pathway, floating in a puddle. The beautifully handwritten caligraphy is peeping out of the mud. You crouch down. You try to read it, but it is too faded. A couple of words seem to appear: “Dear Elizabeth…” Gingerly, you pick it up. You attempt to take it home. You phone your curator friend. “Look, I found a letter…”
¹ Wikipedia, Letter, 'History of Letter Writing', http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_(message), (n.d.), [accessed: April 2015].
In response to the Writing 101 prompt: Day Five - Be Brief.