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Edward Gorey’s Wonderfully Illustrated Envelopes And Letters

“Yet another infant carried off—how sad,” Gorey wrote of the scene on this envelope. “The altitude is in process of turning it blue with cold. It has reached the lavender stage apparently.”

Acclaimed storyteller Edward Gorey collaborated with Peter F. Neumeyer on three children’s books in 1968 and 1969. When they weren’t in each other’s company, they wrote many letters back and forth about their creations. Gorey tended to dress up his letters to Neumeyer with illustrations on the envelopes. At first, they were just corner decorations, but eventually filled the front  of the envelopes and incorporated Neumeyer’s address as part of the artwork.

“I wrote to Edward Gorey that Helen had found his envelope illustration of the blue infant sad,” Neumeyer says of his wife’s reaction to the previous image. “We soon received another, wherein the baby triumphs.”

Neumeyer saved those envelopes and collected them into the book Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer. See a selection of them at Flashbak. -via Digg 


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