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#1 sharktm

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 17:44

I will start with some background. I graduated from collage about a year ago and have really slowed in using my pens. I have recently really missed having a reason to put pen to paper and have started to look into getting into letter writing. Other then being of a generation where the pen has been mostly pushed aside for the latest iPhone leading to me not having the best handwriting I have one very dumb question. How important is it to use proper stationary? I only ask as I dont want to seem rude writing on plane printer paper or some other easily accessible paper as long as its not notebook paper.

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#2 ParramattaPaul

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 17:58

Mate, I once wrote a letter on the remnants of brown wrapping paper with a grease pencil. Admittedly, that was 1968, I was in the 'Bush's in Vietnam, and that was all any of us had.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 18:14

My point is that I'm not sure that the kind of stationary one uses really matters.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 18:22

Letters are written on Stationery. Just sayin.' :)


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Posted 28 September 2019 - 18:55

One would then ask what is the definition of stationery?

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 19:00

I think good stationery does matter.  It's like wrapping a present in nice paper, rather than the bag they gave you at the store.  Right now I have correspondence cards from Crane, for short notes and thank-yous, and Old Crown Mill for longer letters.  Even if your recipient doesn't notice, it's nicer stuff to write on for you.

 

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 21:42

I'm just happy to get any kind of letter.

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Posted Yesterday, 00:34

I love stationery, from Crane and Papyrus letter sheets to various notecards and correspondence cards. I also send postcards whenever I'm traveling. Using those various papers make my writing special for ME. However, several of my penpals are wedded to notebook paper. I am happy to read their words on whatever they want to write on/with. It doesn't matter to me how their work comes, but it does matter to me what I use because my writing time is special to me.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:15

I have one very dumb question. How important is it to use proper stationary? I only ask as I dont want to seem rude writing on plane printer paper or some other easily accessible paper as long as its not notebook paper.

 

First off, as a longtime educator, let me remind you that the only dumb question is the one that goes unasked. 

Secondly, the paper and envelopes (stationery) one uses can be as personal as the instrument and medium with which a message is written. Many in the fp world prefer papers that show off sheen of their inks. Some get near-manic about matching stock. One of my pen pals, whose missives are always eagerly-awaited, writes from one edge to the other on old exam paper left over from his time as a teacher in the UK. Another uses super-shiny paper and makes her own (very fetching, very interesting, very colorful) envelopes. I like my stationery to match in both color and weight, and choose writing-weight stock with a linen finish (8 years as a pressman made me a paper snob). What you write on is as much (or more) for you as it is for your recipients. It will reveal things about you to your correspondents. Similarly, you should enjoy writing on it. I had some very nice paper that I gave away because I couldn't abide how it felt when I was writing. 

 

In short, do what you like. Enjoy it without apologies. As Sailor Kenshin intimated, your pen pals will probably be more interested in what you have to say rather than what you wrote it on. 


Edited by Maccabeus, Yesterday, 01:16.

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