06/18/2013 03:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Charles Eames' Love Letter to Ray, Before They Tied the Knot

"I love you very much and would like to marry you very soon," Charles Eames, who would have turned 106 yesterday, once scrawled across a piece of Cranbrook Academy stationery. It was on a Tuesday that he confessed his love for Ray Kaiser, fellow Cranbrook student, future wife, and visionary counterpart.


via Library of Congress

Because Ray decided to take a chance with Charles, an admittedly "broke" 34-year-old man in a bit of an apparent hurry ("*soon means very soon," the footnotes read), the two ultimately became a pair of names that resonate as a singular, legendary entity. Their collaborative body of work came to reflect all the modernist qualities of Charles's straightforward prose: purity, efficiency, and grace. Architects today could stand to take a note or two.

Text reads:
Dear Miss Kaiser,
I am 34 (almost) years old, singel (again) and broke. I love you very much and would like to marry you very very soon.* I cannot promise to support us very well. -- but if given the chance I'll shure in hell try -
*soon means very soon.
What is the size of this finger??
as soon as I get to that hospital I will write "neams" well little ones.
love xxxxxxxxxx

[Thanks, Brain Pickings!]


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