What Will They Think of Next?

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Introducing the turducken of envelopes. An envelope within (or rather on top of) another envelope — a double-decker, two for the price of two. Before snail mail was referred to as snail mail, the United States Postal Service was the main man, the real deal. It was incumbent on communicators and sellers of all stripe to find and use innovative direct mail opportunities. The Du-Plex Two-In-One Envelopes was the best way to send Printed Matter (cheap) and a letter for around the same price. Bravo American know-how.

Now it’s a vestige of a time before letter carriers wore shorts and when deliveries often occurred twice-a-day and on Saturdays too. My favorite part is “See Letter On Other Side.” Reminds me of “Ce n’est pas une pipe,” no?


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →