Ray Charles' Personal Stationery

Allegedly, this is a photo of the personal stationery used by musician Ray Charles in 1990. Musical staff would be a wonderful medium for letter composition, don't you think?

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mary: Absolute rubbish. I can show you the original letter, with the writing I erased. It was penned on June 4th, 1990, to Bob Daly, then-head of Warner Bros. This is Ray Charles' letterhead, without a doubt. 100%. No question.

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Cute idea, but not true. RAY CHARLES very rarely used "ink print". He did have personalized stationery, but the example shown does not even remotely resemble his actual stationery. His letters were typed for him, and usually signed by Joe Adams, or someone else in the office. The signatures which purported to be RAY CHARLES' were not his.
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If it were printed by Letterpress using a heavy impression for the ruled lines, they would be tactile and thus guide the hand to write without need to see the page. Many, if not most, shops using traditional printing presses would have the capacity to do this.

Braille is a raised format, so a blind embossing would have had to be done on the reverse (back) of the paper after the color had been printed on. Not sure what function the ink serves on the lines, though, if that were the situation.

And yes, music paper would make lovely stationery for a creative soul! :-)
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Imagine getting a note scribbled from him on that sheet of paper with words seeming to be randomly splayed in rough form across the page.

Just because you're blind doesn't mean you cant have fun with it.
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