Is Letter Writing a Lost Art?

In today’s age of quick and simple online communications it would certainly seem that way at times. The thought of personalized stationery may seem slow or outdated. The number of people leaving personalized calling cards or brunch invitations being sent on monogrammed, embossed or printed paper seems to be dwindling. Today, websites allow you to coordinate party invitations and responses entirely online and job hunting sites have turned resumes into an online phenomenon. So where does personalized stationery fit in a world driven by the simplicity of online activity?

It was not long ago that Emily Post was warning people that a telephone call would not replace the need for a formal thank you note, and still today it is common knowledge that a phone call does not express the same personal feeling that makes receiving stationery special. Today, thank you messages and common correspondences are being expressed via email. This is easy to understand considering the speed and ease in which these messages can be exchanged. However, Miss Manners and personnel recruiters reaffirm Emily Post’s thoughts that nothing makes a great impression like a well written, hand written letter on personalized stationery. There is no denying it; there is something about receiving a letter that someone put time and thought into that makes you feel special.

So when should you send personalized stationery instead of email? Typically personalized stationery should be sent when writing a condolence letter, congratulations, apology or saying thank you. Using email for general communication is wonderful. However, when it comes to the events listed above it should be common sense to take the time to write your message on stationery and mail it to those special people in your life.

What is personalized stationery? Personalized stationery can be many things including casual memo pads personalized with your name and a design or formal stationery printed with your name, address and title.  Personalized stationery can be purchased in many different quantities generally starting out in sets of 50 or 100. There are many forms of personalized stationery to choose from and many of them will go a long way in expressing your condolence or thank you in a tasteful and special manner.

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