Monograms and ciphers sold to personalize products such as luggage, handbags, totes, linens, dress shirts, sweatshirts, T-shirts and even baby onesies mostly look the same. Stationer Nancy Sharon Collins explains their historical progression and the evolution of the monogram into something as plain and simple as most have become.
With her decades-long work researching and creating custom monograms for private individuals, Collins has discovered the key to these compelling questions: Where did monogram and cipher lettering styles come from? How did they evolve? What’s next?