National Stationery Show: The Monday morning swag report

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[Alyson Kuhn] I am in New York for the National Stationery Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which I think of as The Jumbo J. Actually, I guess I could shorten that to The Jumbo, or even just Jumbo, a city within a city, like SoHo, NoHo and Dumbo. Sunday was opening day at the show, and I’d like to show you some of my swag du jour.

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Mohawk pick of the week: Scavenger Hunt!

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Are calling cards a thing of the past? Banish the thought! Thornwillow Press, a producer of elegant, quirky and colorful engraved notecards, fine bindings and paste papers (sold, for example, in the Felt & Wire Shop), is having a contest featuring these tiny pieces of print.

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Beautiful butterfly alights on big envelopes

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On Monday, May 17, the US Postal Service debuts a 64¢ stamp, created especially for mailing large greeting cards (taller than 6-1/8 inches). Scoop up a flight of these Monarchs, and you will no longer wonder how much postage you need. Ha

ving a lovely stamp especially for this rate is a very square deal. Why, yes, that is a pun, because this stamp will also work on square envelopes (which likewise require extra postage).

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Trends: Are greeting cards still a popular sell?

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[Nancy Sharon Collins] The market for greeting cards and paper products rides the tide of commercial economy like an empty Dixie Cup bobbing up and down on a wave in a large pond. Since the first Industrial Revolution, the compulsion to buy a little missive or novelty to give someone as a token of thanks — rather than making or doing it yourself — has fallen in and out of favor according to the general economy.

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Chicago Poster Biennial rolls out Jury Weekend May 28–30

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You saw it here: The Chicago International Poster Biennial is returning in 2010, thanks in part to sponsors which include our friends at the Society of Typographic Arts (STA). For those not yet in the know, works will be judged by a global panel of top graphic artists and designers.

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Katharine Hepburn cast as the star of a new black-and-white stamp

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[Alyson Kuhn] Guess who’s coming to … a post office near you. The newest Legend of Hollywood in the US Postal Service’s ongoing series premieres May 12 — Katharine Hepburn’s birthdate. I chatted with Derry Noyes, who art directed this stamp for the Postal Service.

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