During Gezelle's lifetime there was no internet, telephone or television. His acquaintances took the time to write extensive letters or they sent quick reminders, telegrams, postcards and name cards. Some letters are very cryptical and can only be understood by friends. Among the letters there are also real visual gems due to the paper, the ink, all kinds of tiny drawings, the elegant handwriting or the graceful signatures. Sometimes Gezelle altered the words in the letters, he cut up the sheets or scribbled poetry on them. Have a look at some striking letters from the correspondence of the teachers of the College of Saint Louis.