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Time Capsule 21:
Correspondence

Vincent Fremont, one of Warhol’s associates, commented that the artist’s mission was to “document everything he came into contact with.” This included preserving a vast amount of his correspondence. The Time Capsules are full of telephone messages, business contracts, personal letters and postcards, exhibition invitations, and fan mail. Despite his busy schedule, Warhol opened all of his own mail, “although there were several assistants standing around doing nothing,” according to Bob Colacello, editor of Warhol’s Interview Magazine in the 1970s. “[Warhol] did it systematically; first he brought each piece of mail extremely close to his eyes and examined it intently, as if he were trying to see through the envelope or analyze the handwriting in the address. Then he tore the canceled stamps off each and every piece, domestic and foreign, and stuffed them into a large manila envelope. This was his “stamp collection”. Colacello noted that as he did this, Warhol sorted the mail into separate piles for invitations, bills, checks, and fan letters. After opening the mail, Warhol and his assistants would drop it into a new Time Capsule on the floor beside the desk.