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Why Writing is Still Important | Posted on: 3 June 2015

With the advent of technology, we have many forms of communication that just a half century ago, weren’t even thought of. We have email, text messages, Skype, FaceTime and a plethora of other technologically advanced forms of communication; why should even we even learn to write anymore?

Let’s take a quick poll; when was the last time you wrote and mailed someone a letter? A year? Two years? Ten years or more?! Birthday cards count and so do post cards sent from far away exotic locations around the world. In fact, any hand written letter that you mailed to someone counts.

The sad truth is that many people haven’t written a letter in many years and a high percentage of them wouldn’t even know where to start. To us, being in the stationery industry, this is sad. Not from a sales standpoint, but from a communication standpoint where we are slowly losing one of our great lost arts.

So why should we write letters? I mean, isn’t it much easier, and faster, to just send an email or text? Sure, it is faster and more efficient, but it isn’t as tangible is it? In my opinion, writing a letter to someone shows that you care enough about them to take the time to sit down with a pen and paper and compose your thoughts. I have taken the time today to sit down, albeit with keyboard in hand, and written down my thoughts on why I think writing a letter is still important in today’s world.

Writing a letter takes time and attention. It provides clarity and helps us get our message across better than any distracted, impersonal email ever can. Hand writing a letter takes time and patience and it enables the brain’s thoughts to flow through the pen and onto the paper with more deliberation and creativity.

When reading an email or text, do you find it difficult to understand the sender’s emotional standpoint without all of the emoticons and emojis people are using now days? Writing a letter by hand communicates those emotions much better and can give a sense of closeness for those who are far away abroad.

A handwritten letter is tangible; the receiver can hold onto it, fold it, unfold it and keep it close unlike any form of electronic messaging available. A handwritten letter isn’t as easy to delete without that little button we all like and that digital file storage just isn’t the same as tucking a personal letter into your favorite book or that shoebox you keep tucked away in your wardrobe.

Writing a letter preserves our ability to write in the first place. Many adults have forgotten how to write properly as there isn’t enough emphasis put on that skill as there is on text speak and other forms of sometimes indecipherable digital communication.

As you see, writing and sending a letter is still an important skill to have. It will keep the brain sharp, tighten bonds with friends and family and will show others that you truly care and want to connect with them. Sit down with a pen and paper today and write someone you know a letter; you just might make their day a little brighter!

Some Interesting Facts About Stationery | Posted on: 2 June 2015

For those of you who may not think stationery is interesting, this post is for you. Stationery, and office supplies in general, have earned a reputation for being boring or “everyday” and the staff here at Envelope want to change that.

Read through the following list of interesting facts about stationery and office supplies and perhaps learn something new today. Don’t miss the last one; it’s something you’ll really like!

  • In the middle ages, a stationer was a person licensed to sell books and paper at a fixed place or ‘station’ at a university. The term stationery later came to be applied to all writing materials.

  • Paper was invented by a Chinese eunuch and court official named Ts’ai Lun around AD105.

  • In the 16th century the first graphite deposit was discovered in Northern England, so the pencil was created.

  • Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue were granted a British patent for the first envelope making machine in 1845. It took almost 50 years before a successful machine was built and commercialised for the purpose of producing pre-gummed envelopes.

  • Envelopes containing windows were patented by Americus F Callahan of Chicago in 1902.

  • The first patent for a ballpoint pen, designed to mark leather, was given to John Loud, in 1888.

  • It would be another 50 years before László Bíró patented his re-invention of the ballpoint in 1938 making it more useful for the “common” man.

  • Research in 2008 showed that the average Bic ballpoint pen can draw a line two miles long.

  • Using just commonly found Sellotape, you can create an interesting phenomena known as triboluminescence. This is where light is generated during the breakage of chemical bonds in materials when they are subjected to forces such as being pulled apart, ripped or crushed. The effect can be seen as flashes of blue light when peeling the Sellotape in a darkened area.