Envelopes: A Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail

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Random House, 2005 - Design - 96 pages
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Here are 80 postmarked envelopes that artist Harriet Russell has actually mailed and then received at various addresses in Scotland and England. Inspired by a multitude of misspelled and otherwise illegible envelopes addressed to her longtime family home in Glasgow, Russell decided to see just how far she could actually "push the envelope" of the UK mail system. Misspellings and backward writing soon led to hidden addresses, crosswords and wordplay, and finally to purely decorative envelope or "mail art works", as she calls them. The charm of this project, aside from the beauty of the envelopes, filling in crossword blanks, unscrambling words, and eventually writing, triumphantly, "Solved by Glasgow Mail" on the obverses. The visual faming and literary wordplay of this engaging art book will appeal to puzzlers and punsters of all ages, angolphiles, and of course to heroic postal workers all over the world.

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User Review  - ovistine - LibraryThing

A collection of oddly-addressed envelopes that successfully made it through the postal service in the U.K.. Though it's interesting, it doesn't make for much reading -- it's more an art book than anything else. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Lynne Truss was born on May 31, 1955, in Kingston upon Thames, England. She is an English writer and journalist. Her book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation was a best-seller in 2003. Truss received a first-class honors degree in English Language and Literature from University College London in 1977. After graduation, she worked for the Radio Times as a sub-editor before moving to the Times Higher Education Supplement as the deputy literary editor in 1978. From 1986 to 1990, she was the literary editor of The Listener and was an arts and books reviewer for The Independent on Sunday before joining The Times in 1991. She currently reviews books for The Sunday Times. She has also written numerous books including Tennyson's Gift; Going Loco; Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation; and Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door.

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