This was taken from the Farmer’s Almanac 2011
“In major cities in the 19th and 20th centuries people sent so many letters that mail was delivered up to seven times a day. Invitations and replies, congratulations and thanks, and condolences sped in every direction across the nation.
Traditionally a correspondence began with a salutation (“My dear Mr. So-and-so”) and ended with complimentary closing- “Cordially yours, “Sincerely yours”, or the like.
Today, if you want to receive a letter, send a gift- and include a self-addressed stamped envelope: Only half of us report that we send a thank-you note.
If you write a letter, start it with “Dear”. Paper correspondence that doesn’t include that word seems curt. Omitting such niceties on an e-mail or instant messaging, however is perfectly acceptable.”
Ok, who likes and still writes letter on a regular basis ? Since my mother-in-law’s passing I write less letters. She used to fill me in on the comings and goings in the litte upstate New York town of Oneonta, near Cooperstown where the Baseball Hall of Fame is located. We used to share info about the latest books we read in our prospective book clubs.
I do try to send thank you notes to those who have hosted wonderful social functions, cocktail parties, etc… Once in a while I find some time to drop a line on some nice stationary to my parents. Having pretty boxed stationary around the house also inspires me to write notes to friends and relatives.
Is the hand writing of a letter a lost art ? Certainly in the era of Jane Austen alot of this correspondence was very common. She talks about it and the complexities of English society in many of her books.
What are your thoughts ? Here is a cute blog post I liked from the Farmer’s Almanac 2012. http://www.farmersalmanac.com/blog/2012/03/23/things-that-make-you-smile/comment-page-1/#comment-29085