Lloyd Reynolds developed the Weathergram as a way for his students to make small, beautiful things and as a way to share their calligraphy. A Weathergram is a piece of kraft paper with a short verse (also known as a Weathergram) written in italic calligraphy. The Weathergram is hung outdoors in trees. Sometimes the first letter was written in vermillion (red) and/or with a larger pen for emphasis. In his introduction, Reynolds states: "The Weathergram is a very short poem of about ten words - or less" and "The weathergram is hung on a bough or branch in the garden, at a campsite, or along a mountain trail"; "The origins of the weathergram go back to 1926-27, when I first found translations of Far Eastern poetry." Several pages of examples of weathergram poems are included in the booklet.
The slips of kraft paper still occasionally appear on the campus trees at Reed College in Portland. Inscribed simply by Reynolds in his calligraphy to "Carol Hagerty, 5 April 1972, Lloyd" less than a month after this first printing of the publication. Scarce, and even more so signed. Item #1618.
Condition: Very Good, light toning and dimpling to covers; evidence of previous moisture appears as a light 1"x 6" stain along the edge of back cover, causing mild warping to the final page; now in a custom-made protective mylar jacket.