Digging through the Crane archives is always such a treat—we have more than a century’s worth of stationery designs, after all. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we thought we’d share some of our favorite festive cards from Crane’s Christmas Past.
Orange usually isn’t a color we think of as “festive” this time of year, but we love it here, paired with verdant green and elegant gold it’s simply stunning.
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.
“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.”
When 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.
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.
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.
Your 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Describe 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?
Our objective with this album was to re-instate the true essence and feel of Crane Stationery with fine details and exquisite hand-crafted features that its products are known for. Continue reading
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.)
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.
A true gentleman is the marrying type (and marries a woman who writes on Crane).
A true gentleman recites the kind of poetry that demands an audience.
A good business man knows the importance of branding.
A true gentleman reads his correspondence in a top hat and tails.
A good business man corresponds with clients with dignity and distinction.
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