Pen of Enchantment


“So I am perfectly satisfied with life now, although feeling quite material. So much so, in fact, that I’m more pleased than anything else with the beautiful pen I’ve found to write you with. It’s the best I’ve had since the funeral of my fountain pen. This pen makes life just one long serpenting enchantment.”

— Jack Wright in A Poet of the Air: Letters of Jack Morris Wright, First Lieutenant of the American Aviation in France, April 1917 – January, 1918


Zep 1

Zeppelin postcards from the Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, which has thousands of WWI postcards. Zeppelins were used in Germany’s air raids over England from 1915 to 1918. In all, approximately 1,500 people were killed by bombs dropped on English soil during WWI.

Zep 2


To Do Without Sleep


“The Carillon at Malines is said to be the finest in the world, and we were happily near to the great Tower. But I thought that night that I should have to do without sleep at Malines. Every eight minutes the Cathedral clock made some sign; at the quarter and half hour there was a real performance; while at the hour, something like a long Aria rang out. When we next saw the Chanoine Francken, he assured us that he had the same experience on arrival, and that in a few nights we would cease to hear it, which proved to be true.”

— Cecilia Beaux in Background with Figures (1930), writing of a 1919 visit to Malines, Belgium