and speaking of outdated things, i ran across the following in one of my many files where i accumulate things i like



January 31, 1829

President Jackson,

The canal system of this country is being threatened by the spread of a new form of transportation known as railroads. The federal government must preserve the canals for the following reasons.

One, if boats are supplanted by railroads, serious unemployment will result, Captains, cooks, drivers, hostlers, repairmen and lock tenders will be left without means of livelihood, not to mention the numerous farmers now employed in growing hay for horses.

Two, boat builders would suffer and towline, whip, and harness makers would be left destitute.

Three, canal boats are absolutely essential to the defense of the United States. In the event of the expected trouble with England, the Erie Canal would be the only means by which we could ever move the supplies so vital to waging modern war.

As you may well know, Mr. President, railroad carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by engines which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.

Sincerely Yours,

Martin Van Buren
Governor of New York


— said that


a penny for your thoughts?

Michael Skorulskireply
August 23, 2018 at 12:18 am

It’s a cute image but digital communication is so much a part of our lives that our lives are almost dominated by it.

August 23, 2018 at 12:25 am

Reading that – I had no idea that relationships were still strained with England as late as 1829. I love your image

Ana Lúciareply
August 23, 2018 at 7:41 am

Wonderful B&W image.

August 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

just need a 3D printer for the parcels 🙂

Bill Phillipsreply
August 23, 2018 at 9:09 am

I love the quote. As someone once said. If God had meant us to fly he wouldn’t have given us the railroads

August 23, 2018 at 10:37 am

What an interesting piece of history in that letter. I love the old fashioned feel of the B&W image.

August 23, 2018 at 10:39 am

Wonderful image !!!

August 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

Nice quote accompanied by a cool photo in beautiful monochrome.

August 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Génaile compo quel mail et vue superbe très original bien vu.
belle soirée

August 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm

An interesting photo and letter. We have to keep the canals open, the coal mines open, the steel mills open in case of trouble with Britain? Probably, with the orange buffoon trash-talking the British PM. 😉

Barbara Thomasreply
August 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Wonderful image and text.

Michael Rawlukreply
August 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm

I love that image and that is a great letter.

Elaine Hancockreply
August 23, 2018 at 7:59 pm

He made a good argument. A great image!

August 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
Predicting the future is tough.

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
August 23, 2018 at 11:38 pm

I do love that image, Sherri! Very creative!
In re: the letter… amazing, isn’t it?! What a treasure you have there. It’s the age old argument that progress will destroy the country by putting so many people out of work in certain industries. While partly true… humans do learn and adapt – we obviously have since 1829! And we always will. And 15mph being “break neck speed”…. SO great!!! 🙂

Elaine Kreply
August 24, 2018 at 2:40 am

haha, wow… tho it does sound like me, after my first serious car accident! i plotted how to get the world back onto horses backs and stop the insanity lol

i love your email picture, it mades me smile big 😀

August 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

how interesting to read that. Though we can certainly take it in context, it seems that shifts or changes that impact economy are always controversial.

I really love this image — a lot. So clever yet simple and to the point!

August 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm

What an adorable capture of this electronic mail! And what a very interesting read that makes you feel like you were there. Today, you have preservationists trying to save these canals as not only a part of history, but an ecosystem.

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