Thursday, February 10, 2011

Emily Post Post

As I gather addresses to start writing my own letters, my thoughts have turned to the stationery that I want to use. The problem is that I have no stationery, at least none that is fine enough for ITAM. You always see nice stationery folded in half in old movies. I like that look. For this particular social grace I needed some expert advice. Emily to the rescue:

Whew! Thank goodness Emily was there. I was considering some comically large paper, or something decidedly liberal, but she has talked me down off that ledge. The Age of Innocence plays over and over in my mind as I look at all these rules. (Good movie from a greater book.) Without the internet, I suppose that people had more time for social rules and propriety. I particularly love that these paper sizes are nothing like American Letter sized paper. 8 1/2 x 11 is too cold and impersonal a size for a letter. I don't want to be reminded of a bill or my City of Phoenix water statement; I want a letter from a friend.

From my research only Crane offers paper in something similar to these traditional sizes. The hand-bordered Regent Blue Ecruwhite letter sheets are a perfectly respectable 6 3/8 x 8 1/2. The Ecruwhite Letter Sheets are in a similar vein.

Crane also offers a Monarch sheet (7 1/4 x 10 1/2). That size paper is intended to be folded in thirds. I don't like paper folded in thirds. If there is another company that offers paper and envelopes in matching paper I would be interested, but this seems to be an expensive, all-cotton, niche product.


  1. I've been boring my friends with 8 1/2 x 11 trifold letters. Granted, I have been using onionskin and that HP Premium paper, so its got a little something going for it.

    I have looked around for stationery in local stores and have yet to find anything that is really me. I may have to craft my own solution, including matching envelope.

    And I agree, a single fold letter is pretty nice.

  2. I guess I follow one of her rules - I use plain white paper - but I break the size because it's just 8.5 x 11.

    If you need someone to write to, my address is here:

  3. Stationery, not stationary. tsk, tsk, Mr. schoolteacher! :D

  4. Ted, you have passed the test! Congratulations on finding the error in the above passage. I knew you would find it.

  5. Heh, it's been over 20 years since I aborted my attempt at an English degree, but many years running Heidelbergs watching for other people's typos helped keep my chops up, at least when it comes to non-moving objects versus fine writing paper.

    I'll be seeing you at the Type-in!