Lost Art of Letters

I’m cleaning out my stuff. Partially because of time at home due to the pandemic. Partially because I am simplifying my life. Partially because I’m getting old and want to take care of it now while I have the energy.

As a result, I recently came across this matching stationery.

I really enjoyed writing letters back in the day. I had a weak spot for pretty stationery. I probably spent a small fortune on it and would find little stationery stores in any city to window shop.

Letter writing is almost obsolete in an age of technology. Handwritten communication now carries an extra measure of love for the recipient, especially when a letter comes in snail mail. The writer’s voice, handwriting, time, and affirmation are carried in that note or letter. So personal. Something to hold that doesn’t vaporize as new emails and texts pile on top.

This matching letter paper and envelope, above, represents a by-gone era. Letters were so welcome between friends and me during our summer camp and college years, and then between my parents and me when I moved away from home as a young adult. Soon mobile phones and personal computers shoved those activities aside.

Newer generations won’t have as much of this. I am thankful for the artists, like Erin Vaughan, still creating beauty, like the notepads below. Writing on pretty papers is still something many of us enjoy.

We have more conveniences and less time. Someone explain that to me. I do have less time to write letters. If I spent less time on social media and wrote a quick letter or note instead, I wonder if I could spread a little more love. And my stress level might decrease, too.

Stay in touch, my friends.

Erin Vaughan’s Wild Flower Notepad
Erin Vaughan’s Desert Sunset Notepad

4 thoughts on “Lost Art of Letters

  1. Oh, I so agree with you Cindy! A few years ago, a friend sent me a box of all the letters I wrote to her when we were in junior high. (Her family had moved across the country.) What a treasure! Seeing the old stationery I wrote my letters on brought back so many memories. I remembered some of them so well and I could feel the excitement I would get when I bought new stationery or got it as a gift! During the pandemic, I have tried to write more letters and when I get one in the mailbox, it is such a treat!

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  2. I remember reading, after word processing first caught on, that script-writing actually took MORE time because it was so easy to revise. Another example of more conveniences leading to less time. I’ve started writing short notes to my brother who’s ill and doesn’t always answer his phone. With a fountain pen. He doesn’t answer the letters either, but his wife says he enjoys them, and for my part, they feel very gentle and human, not like a message left on a cell phone.


    • I like the script writing example of more convenience, less time. So ironic. That is a touching story about letters you are writing to your brother. What a meaningful kindness! Thank you for sharing it here. Agreed. Gentle and human. Well said.


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