Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best Letter Head Ever

This, surely, is one of the most glorious pieces of headed paper you have seen this year? Covering nearly half of a foolscap page, the recitations of Professor Venkutrao's achievements are closed with the statement that he is "the world's most eminent aeronaut" - so eminent that in 2010 Google still hasn't heard of him, nor does he appear to rate a mention in any of the millions of electronically searchable 19th century newspaper pages available to me... nothing...

The context of the letter is Indian and the letter itself reads as though it might be written by someone for whom English is a second language.

Certainly the best thing about this piece of ephemera though has to be the two vignettes of a man parachuting and another making a balloon ascent, apparently without the aid of a basket!

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