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Letter written by Mark Robinson to Ian MacKaye, envelope

Letter written to Ian MacKaye in 1985,
Discovered at Dischord in 2015

On July 11, 1985, Mark Robinson (from Unrest and Teen-Beat) wrote a letter to Ian MacKaye and in the letter asked him how one went about pressing a vinyl record.

Ian MacKaye and his Dischord saved thousands of pieces of mail over the years. In the 2010s, he began a Dischord archive documenting these letters. On August 23, 2015, Ian wrote to Mark and notified him of the discovery of Mark's letter from 30 years earlier.


UNREST cassette album
UNREST Lisa Carol Freemont cassette album
UNREST So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star single
UNREST Tink of SE album
Teen-Beat house Arlington Virginia
FLOWERS OF DISCIPLINE single
SCALEY ANDREW Too Tight to Tango album
THIRSTY BOYS In a Can album
KIM SAYS poster
WILLIAM AND VIVIAN Fly to France album
Teen-Beat List of Numbers
Letter written by Mark Robinson to Ian MacKaye on or before July 11, 1985.
Teen-Beat List of Numbers
Back side of the letter; A flyer for a Government Issue show on June 20th, 1985. A show that Mark Robinson did not attend.
Envelope from Mark Robinson addressed to Ian MacKaye, both addresses in Arlington, Virginia
Envelope addressed to Ian MacKaye in Arlington, Virginia. Return address: Mark Robinson, (also) Arlington.
Green D stamp issued by the United States Postal Service
D postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in 1985.

ADDRESSEE

Ian MacKaye


LETTER WRITER

Mark Robinson


ET CETERA

The catalogue number Teen-Beat 533 commemorates the discovery of this letter and not the artifact itself.

The letter was typed on the back of a flyer for a concert at WUST Hall in Washington DC. Performing were Government Issue, T.S.O.L., Naked Raygun, and Cereal Killer.

POSTAGE STAMP
This non-denominational "D" stamp was issued on February 1, 1985 after the United States Postal Service had raised the cost of a first class stamp to 22 cents and the new stamps had yet to be printed. There was a precedent for these alpha-code stamps featuring the U.S.P.S. icon of the eagle each with A, B, and C coming in the years before.

NONDENOMINATIONAL STAMP A:
Value: 15¢
Year Issued: 1978

NONDENOMINATIONAL STAMP B:
Value: 18¢
Year Issued: 1981

NONDENOMINATIONAL STAMP C:
Value: 20¢
Year Issued: 1981

NONDENOMINATIONAL STAMP D:
Value: 22¢
Year Issued: 1985

DATE LETTER DISCOVERED

August 23, 2015


DATE OF POSTMARK

July 11, 1985


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 533


DETAILS


ENVELOPE SIZE:
No.10, white.


LETTER SIZE:
Letter (8 1/2" x 11").


POSTAGE STAMP:
"D" stamp, green.


POSTMARK:
"Northern Virginia 220".
On the afternoon of July 11, 1985.