The types of etiquette questions we handle today are very different than those of the 1920s, but I got a real kick out of reading this little antique guide. Did you know that you were supposed to have different custom stationeries for when you were traveling, and for when you were on your yacht, and for when you were at your club? Nowadays, it's considered the height of good manners to send a thank you note, but stationery and letter writing used to be a strictly regulated system of social graces. Here are some examples from The Etiquette of Letter Writing.
While I'm not advocating for a return to the rules about what alignment of monogram is acceptable for a correspondence card, I am a champion of courtesy and kindness. Kathy and I have, in the past, gotten a lot of questions surrounding the world of modern letter writing. We've decided to start a feature on this blog called "Postal Queries" or "Ps & Qs" for short. If you have a question for us, please send us a note to the P.O. Box or an electronic mail. We'll answer what we can to the best of our ability. Tune in later this week for our first question and answer.