A love letter made of wire and wood that was sent 101 years ago is now on display at the El Paso Museum of History. Behind it is a story of a romance that transcended borders: the letter’s author, Jose Lopez, was born and raised in Mexico, and his love, Marana Ochoa Velarde, was an American who lived near El Paso, Texas.
A telegrapher, Lopez crafted the letter-cum–marriage proposal using wire from his station. The text of the letter is as follows:
“Güerita mia, la hora se acerca, debes prepararte. Estás lista? Bueno. Mil besitos y Adios. Tuyo hasta la eternidad.”
Translated: “My fair one, the time is coming and you should prepare. Are you ready? OK. A thousand kisses and Goodbye. Yours for all eternity.”
The pair were married after Velarde’s father approved the union.
“This is precious,” said museum director Julia Bussinger. “I can’t believe this type of document exists. This is better than literature and poetry.”
Bussinger hopes the letter will encourage people to start writing letters more often.
“I challenge the rest of the world to create this type of document,” she said.
That’s a tough act to follow.
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