So Noted: In search of monograms


[Laura Shore] Nancy Sharon Collins is a designer, a design historian, and a social stationer. She has recently begun a research project about hand engraving, monograms, and social stationery. We’ve offered to spread the word, which is: “I am looking for interesting, kitschy, handsome or elegant engraved stationery, preferably social stationery {letters and notes}, with or without writing on them. The older the better.” Here’s a tiny taste of what Nancy has already collected.

Nancy’s sole criterion is engraving: “The ink is raised on the front with a bruise or indentation on the back, which is how to tell real engraving.” She is seeking actual pieces, not photos. If you have some to lend or give, kindly contact her directly for mailing particulars. She is [email protected] Nancy adds, “If your piece is chosen, we will need a legal release to digitize and publish your submission.”

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