Old school communication

"Letters of Note" compiled by Shaun Usher features over 100 letters that give an inside look at historical events and people including Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip "Peanuts." (Keri Wiginton/Tribune photo)

In the ephemeral email era, the handwritten letter has become an object of appreciation. For the past five years, Shaun Usher has celebrated handwritten correspondence on his blog, lettersofnote.com. He has compiled a book of his entries featuring reproductions of the letters at hand as well as notes for context.


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In this 1955 letter to a reader, Charles M. Schulz writes of his plans to do away with Charlotte Braun, a short-lived character who debuted in 1954. Usher writes, "almost immediately, she pushed all the wrong buttons. Loud, brash, and opinionated, 'Good Ol' Charlotte Braun' quickly irked Peanuts' loyal readers and on February 1, 1955, after just ten sightings in the strip, she appeared in a story line for the last time."

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"Letters of Note"

Compiled by Shaun Usher, Chronicle, 352 pages, $40