About craneandco

More than 200 years ago, Stephen Crane decided to make a statement. And it wasn’t with his fashion forward breeches or well-groomed mutton chops. It was with his Liberty Paper Mill, named so just two years after the British occupied Boston – and just five miles away. A tres bold move, if we do say so ourselves. Today, Crane & Co. still calls Dalton home, our 100 percent cotton paper still incites swoons, and we’re still making bold statements. Still not with breeches.

Post Script: The Great Letter Revival’s Catherine Jackson

As Catherine Jackson pored over the moving letters between her mother and her father during his time in the Navy, she was reminded about how powerful the written word could be. Inspired, she decided everyone should experience that feeling and thus The Great Letter Revival came to be. She launched a Facebook page, YouTube channel and a blog, then got to work assembling and sending “Revival Kits”—stationery, stamps—to friends, family and anyone else interested in letter writing.

TGLR revival kitTGLR revival kit materials“The goal of TGLR has always been to bring back genuine, personal, creative and meaningful human connections to our modern world via letter writing,” Catherine says. “We wish to increase communication that goes beyond the generic realms of online socialization, to create memories and human expression, to spread smiles and to ultimately make the mailbox a happy place to visit once again.”

CathypoboxesWhen did your interest in the epistolary world begin?
The magic of letter writing was impressed upon me at a young age. I remember having a pen pal from Japan who would send the most gorgeous postcards embellished with hand crafted details and delicate origami. And then on the opposite side of the spectrum, when a friend of mine moved away, it thrilled me when her bulky, sloppy envelopes stuffed with a piece or two of Red Vines and her favorite pet rock somehow managed to find its way to my mailbox. This love of letter writing carried over into my high school years and into adulthood. I’ve often had close friends or family move to far off places. Any long distance relationship (friend, family or romantic) is always kept fresh through the sending and receiving of letters. I’ve since then discovered how wonderful it can be to send and receive mail from within the same zipcode, too. A handwritten letter is always a heart-lifting reminder that someone cares about you enough to dedicate the time to write it in words.
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Photos: Holiday is Happening at the Factory

The holiday season may still be a couple months away, but our printing presses are already in full reindeer and nutcracker mode. Since this is our busiest time of year, we thought we’d give you a peek onto the factory floor, where the trimmings include lots of red and green ink, shimmering gold envelope liners and more than a few festive trees—on engraving plates, of course. Our paper is 100% cotton, after all!

A copper plate for our Engraved Harvest Wreath card gets ready for printing…

wreath copper plateGears with a touch of garland…

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An order of Engraved Santa’s Sleigh Cards out to dry…

sleigh card on beltAn order of Engraved Reindeer and Ribbon Cards almost ready to go to one lucky customer…

reindeer cardDreaming of a white (sand) Christmas…

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The Grinch who engraved Christmas…

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The Three Most Essential Stationery Wardrobe Pieces

Some say the clothes make the man. We like to say stationery makes the man. And woman, of course. There are many types of stationery you can include in your stationery wardrobe, but below are the three pieces we consider the essentials.

Correspondence Card
The correspondence card is a flat card that can be used for everything from notes of thanks to follow-ups after networking. We recommend an ecru or white paper color with one’s full name or monogram printed at the top. Contact information such as email address and/or phone number can also be included.

IMG_7924Your font and ink color should reflect your personal style, however keep in mind that these design elements should be versatile enough for personal and professional correspondence alike.
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Post Script: Protocol School of Washington President Pamela Eyring

This weekend the Protocol School of Washington will celebrate turning 25 years old with a Global Summit. Attendees will participate in workshops such as “The Protocol of Titles and Forms of Address” and “Keep Calm and Protocol On: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Royal Visit.” The PSOW also has served as a consultant for several editions of our Blue Book of Stationery, which has been the go-to guide for proper correspondence since the late 1800’s. So, we thought it both timely and appropriate to speak with PSOW President Pamela Eyring, who shares with us thoughts such as the pen pal worthy of a letter closing with “Fondly” and why she just might have been the next Florence Nightengale.

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How long have you been at the PSOW and how did you end up there?
I graduated from PSOW almost 15 years ago and have proudly owned the school for the past nine years.

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A Special Request for a Special Birthday

Last month, we received an email with the subject “A special request.” It was from a woman named Jana about her mother-in-law, an avid letter writer named Annabelle.

Annabelle80CraneLetter“One of her best traits,” Jana wrote, “is how beautifully she writes—not books or articles (although she probably could do that, too), but rather letters, note cards and thank you notes.”

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Meet Gabby, Designer of the New Crane Collection II Album

This week we launched the newest addition to our personalized stationery family, Crane Collection II. It’s an album we’re especially proud of, as it features the exquisite details and impeccable craftsmanship for which Crane has always been known. New motifs and monograms, new patterned envelope liners, a new men’s stationery collection and an expanded selection of business papers are just some of the highlights.

The creative genius behind Crane Collection II is in-house designer Gabby Doane, who pored over our archives for inspiration, perfectly blending classic and new. Below, she explains her design process, her high fashion inspiration and the one piece everyone should have in their stationery wardrobe.

GabbyDescribe the customer for this album.
Someone who truly appreciates the art of classic correspondence and values the fine beauty of hand-crafted stationery and the exquisite details that are inherent in Crane products.

Where did you draw inspiration from for this album?
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Stationery Wardrobe Tips for the New Graduate

For the new graduate, building a stationery wardrobe and learning how to use which types of correspondence when can be quite overwhelming, but, when mastered, quite rewarding. We often get emails asking which types of stationery a new graduate should have in his/her possession. In order of importance, we suggest the following three:

The correspondence card is a flat card that can be used for post-interview thank you notes. We recommend an ecru or white paper color with one’s full name printed at the top. Contact information such as email address and/or phone number can also be included. Your font and ink color should reflect your personal style, however keep in mind that this stationery will often be sent in a professional context. As a new graduate, letterpress or thermograph printing is preferable, as engraving may come across as too extravagant. (Treat yourself to the latter the day you receive a notable promotion.)

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Vintage Ads Inspired by Dad

In honor of Father’s Day, we scoured the archives for our favorite vintage advertisements that we think the most dashing dads would adore. From business papers to wedding proposals, we certainly thought exquisite stationery was the mark of a true gentleman.

A good business man treats stationery not as an office expense but as part of the advertising budget.

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A true gentleman is the marrying type (and marries a woman who writes on Crane). 

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A true gentleman recites the kind of poetry that demands an audience.

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A good business man knows the importance of branding.

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A true gentleman reads his correspondence in a top hat and tails.

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A good business man corresponds with clients with dignity and distinction.

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Mother’s Day Mantras: Advice from Our Own Moms

She’s a nurse, a therapist, a chef, a chauffeur, a teacher, an accountant, and sometimes, even a lawyer (who else could negotiate a cookie out of your sister?). Of all the things Mom is better than anyone at, though, we have to say giving advice is right up there with her peach pie. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we thought we’d share pearls of wisdom from our own.

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Marie Lacey, mother of Katie Lacey, president
The back of one is the face of another… Better to be single than to wish you were… A woman who will tell her age will tell you anything.

Jamie Rufo, mom of Stephanie Rufo, typesetter

Jamie Rufo, mother of Stephanie Rufo, typesetter
Make faces… Play in mud puddles… Take bubble baths… Turn off all the lights and watch lightening storms… Read everything you can get your hands on… Run through snow drifts… Spin in circles and roll down hills. Pet puppies, hold kittens, and talk to babies… Take afternoon naps… Stay up to watch the sunrise… Expect the best from life and that’s what you’ll get.

marlo livseyMarlo Livsey, customer service representative and mother of twin boys
Write down the cute or funny things your children say in a journal with their date and age. It will bring smiles to your faces to remember these moments.

bonnie berkBonnie Berk, mother of Anna Berk, marketing designer
Take delight in the little things.

Lorraine JahnLorraine Jahn, mother of Sarah Jahn, graphic services supervisor
When you have something you MUST do and really dread, just set your jaw, get your head into it and DO it… Keep a clean kitchen and bathroom. No day starts well if started in a mess… Always have some money set aside, just in case.

JoanBarrowsJoan Barrows, mother of Gabby Doane, art director
Stay out of my garden

And a handful more…

Yumi Harada, mother of Chikako Harada, director of marketing for William Arthur and Vera Wang
Have compassion toward every living thing — they all have feelings… It’s more important to be a better guest so you get invited back… Be sure to send a thank you card promptly*… Sit up straight!

Karen Rosier, mom of Antoinette Hajdas, product development manager
You can’t see a trottin’ horse.

Barbara Sorota, mother of Liz Sorota, vice president of marketing
When you use honey, you catch flies.

Kathy Bourque, mom of Meghan McBrearty, assistant to the president
Always take the high road… Learn to pick your battles.