12 Incredibly Ill-Advised Rejection Letters

If you could turn back time.

1. From a record company, to U2.

From a record company, to U2.

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“Dear Mr Hewson,

Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’ to RSO, we have listened to it with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.

We wish you luck with your future career.

Yours sincerely,

Alexander Sinclair”

2. From Disney, to a female artist.

From Disney, to a female artist.

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“Dear Miss Ford,

Your letter of recent date has been received in the Inking and Painting Department for reply.

Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school.

The only work open to women consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with Indian ink and filling in the tracings on the reverse side with paint according to directions.

In order to apply for a position as “Inker” or “Painter” it is necessary that one appear at the Studio, bringing samples of pen and ink and water color work. It would not be advisable to come to Hollywood with the above specifically in view, as there are really very few openings in comparison with the number of girls who apply.

Yours very truly,

Walt Disney Productions LTD”

3. From a record company, to The Who.

From a record company, to The Who.

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“Dear Mr Lambert,

I have listened again and again, to the High Numbers’ white labels, taken from our test session and still cannot decide whether or not they have anything to offer.

You may, of course, in the meantime, have signed with another company, in which case, I wish you all the luck in the world. If you have not, I will be very interested to hear any other tapes you may have, featuring the group.

Yours sincerely,

John Burgess”

4. From NASA, to a female candidate.

From NASA, to a female candidate.

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“Dear Miss Kelly:

This is in response to your letter of February 20, 1962.

Your offer to go on a space mission is commendable, and we are very grateful.

This is to advise that we have no existing program concerning women astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan.

We appreciate your interest and support of the nation’s space program.


O.B. LLoyd, Jr.”

5. From the BBC, to John Cleese.

From the BBC, to John Cleese.

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“I’m afraid I thought this one as dire as its title.

It’s a kind of “Prince of Denmark” of the hotel world. A collection of cliches and stock characters which I can’t see being anything but a disaster.

Ian Main”

6. From a publisher, to Gertrude Stein.

From a publisher, to Gertrude Stein.

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“Dear Madam,

I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your M.S. three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one.

Many thanks. I am returning the M.S. by registered post. Only one M.S. by one post.

Sincerely yours,A. C. Fifield”

7. From MOMA, to Andy Warhol.

From MOMA, to Andy Warhol.

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“Dear Mr. Warhol:Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.

I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.

Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.

Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.

Sincerely,Alfred H. Barr, JrDirector of the Museum CollectionsP.S. The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.”

8. From a record label, re: Madonna.

Meredith Frost @MeredithFrost

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