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.

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.

 

Post Script: Laura Brown, Author of ‘How to Write Anything’

Meet Laura Brown, author of the newly published book, How to Write Anything, which is a guide to exactly that. From composing everything from a research paper to a recipe, it’s a necessary addition to any proper writing desk. Here, the well-seasoned writing instructor of more than 25 years talks to us about pen pal-ing with Shakespeare, fountain pens and a truly memorable A-. 

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When did your interest in writing begin?
It started when I was small. I wrote little stories when I was a child, and then when I started having to write at school, I found I really enjoyed it. I was lucky to have some truly inspirational teachers who encouraged me, partly by giving wonderful assignments where we could stretch our wings as writers. I’ve always felt a kind of flow with writing, being in the zone, and that’s very pleasant.

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Our Annual Die Sale is Here!

We’re pleased to let you know that our annual Die Sale has arrived! From April 26th through June 30th, we’re waiving the fee — $48 — for engraving and letterpress dies when you order 100 pieces of personalized stationery (notes, correspondence cards, letterhead, business cards and calling cards).

The sale makes gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the new graduate quite easy, don’t you think?

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Mum’s the Word: Stationery for Every Mother’s Day Style

crane momsCharming Mum: Letterpress Ecruwhite Calling Card
Business-minded Mum: Lettterpress Pearl White Calling Card
Royal Mum: Monogram Note with Border
Modern Mum: Letterpress Pearl White Tiverton Correspondence Card

Post Script: Snail Mail My Email’s Ivan Cash

When San Francisco-based artist and filmmaker Ivan Cash decided to create a project that involved handwriting emails, he figured it would be a one-time experiment. Soon, though, he had so many requests that he had to enlist the help of hundreds of volunteers around the world to help him write. In all, more than 10,000 letters were sent, and Snail Mail My Email has become an annual, week-long  event that takes place each November. If you can’t wait that long, however, the project’s letters are also available in book form. Here, Ivan talks with us about his dream Zen pen pal, in-the-moment correspondence and why including plastic dinosaur toys with your notes is pretty great.

Tell me about your snail mail project and how it came about.
I’ve always loved letter writing, but when I lived in Amsterdam during 2011, I found I was working all the time and not writing enough letters. When I quit my job just six months in, I decided I needed a project to help immerse myself back into the world of letter writing. I also wanted to use my skills in advertising to share the magic of snail mail with others.

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How To: Identify a Printing Process

We often get asked the differences between the various printing processes we use to craft our stationery, especially between engraving and thermography. Of course, the best way to tell the difference is to pay a visit to your local stationer so you can feel the difference. However, below we’ve outlined all of the different processes and what makes them unique.

Engraving is the finest, most distinct form of three-dimensional “raised printing.” No other paper manufacturer offers our engraving quality, craftsmanship and level of service.

As a highly skilled craft dating back to the 16th century, engraving conveys an unspoken message of distinction and timelessness. It has a warmth and elegance all its own. Running your fingers over a piece of engraved stationery reveals the textures unique to engraving — finely detailed, raised letters with slight indentations on the reverse side of the paper. There is no substitute for true engraving.

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How it Works

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Introducing Our New Flights of Fancy Collection

Let’s soar above the clouds and look down in awe at the world below. Inspired by all things that reach for the sky, our Flights of Fancy collection features elegant two-pass engraved motifs in a carefully curated color palette that bring visual and textile brilliance to each and every handwritten correspondence.

engraved hot air balloonEngraved Hot Air Balloon: With a flamed burst, one floats upward toward the heavens. The view takes the breath away, as does this engraved card from our Flights of Fancy collection, which features our elegant hot air balloon. Perfect for the correspondent who fancies unbridled leisure and adventure alike.
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Post Script: Travis White, A Letter for Better

It all began with a touch of mailbox envy. Eyeing the handwritten letters his roommate seemed to receive on a daily basis, Travis White decided everyone should have that feeling that always accompanies receiving a letter. So he started A Letter for Better, a group of students that randomly chooses names and addresses from the White Pages and sends the unknowing recipients a handwritten letter. The organization now has 45 active members — up from just four when it began. Below, the Central Michigan University student talks to us about pens, Steve Jobs and an unexpected visit from a police officer.

travis white a letter for betterTravis White (right) with ALFB Vice President, Ashley Coners

When did your interest in the epistolary world begin?
It began in my first year of college. I lived (and currently live) in the residence halls at Central Michigan University where we have mailboxes for each one of our rooms. My roommate that I lived with had a girlfriend at the time who attended an institution in Ohio. One of their major forms of communication was through letter writing, and it seemed to me like he received a letter almost every day. Since I was the one who passed the mailbox on a regular basis, I would be the one to pick up all of the mail. A couple months went by that I would open the mailbox, seeing only a letter that would be addressed to him, never seeing the words “Travis White” printed in the handwriting of someone close to me.

One day in late October/early November, we went to lunch in one of the residence halls on campus, when he received an email that was sent directly to his phone. It was from one of the front desk workers notifying him that he had a package waiting for him at the front desk of our residence hall. Being the great friend that he was and knowing that I did not receive any mail before then, he teased me about it.

Jokingly, I told him, “You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to go onto Whitepages.com, find a random address and become pen-pals with them.” It wasn’t until a couple days later that I finally received my first letter in the mail and, surprisingly, it was from my Marching Band back home. I was the Drum Major during my Junior and Senior year of High School, and my entire band wrote to tell me how much they miss me and wished that I would come back to play with them for their Homecoming.

The feeling that that letter gave me was something that I have never experienced before, so I decided to take that and turn it into an student organization. We turned my “joke” into a reality, where we literally go onto Whitepages and find random strangers to write to, simply to make them smile.
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Introducing Our New Tools of the Trade Collection

Inspired by all things crafted with care and love, our Tools of the Trade collection features intricately illustrated motifs in stately hues, letterpress printed on our Lettra paper to fashion correspondence that is rich in texture beyond compare.

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Letterpress Fountain Pen Card: Think. Write. Send. Repeat. Our letterpress printed card featuring a stately pen is the perfect choice for the stationery-adoring scribe.

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