Stationer Extraordinaire on NPR

Out to Lunch, hosted by Peter Ricchiuti, was recorded Tuesday, 7/7/15 interviewing stationer extraordinaire Nancy Sharon Collins talking about hand engraved stationery. Check-out this great photo of the interview at Commander’s Palace, it illustrates some of the good food and convivial conversation! Each week you’ll find “economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business…
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Legendary Luxury Onion Skin Envelopes

Once the paper of choice for discerning letter writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, onion skin is less than half the thickness of regular computer paper and just a tad heavier than tissue. True onion skin has not been manufactured in this country for over 40 years. Lucky for well-healed letter writers…
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1878 & 1902 Handwriting and Wax Seals

Found at a Lower Garden District estate sale in New Orleans…2 letters to a Mr. George Sarpy that are of note for as many reasons…multiple wax seals on the back (or “verso”) of one and the front (or “face”) of the other showing dramatic handwriting that we now refer to as calligraphy. Back then, handwriting was…
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Saturday 4/25 @ Gallier Historic House

April  25th at Gallier Historic House in the French Quarter, New Orleans: Come learn the fine art of making your own monogram. Beginning class Saturday, April 25th 10am-Noon. Advanced class Saturday, April 25th 1-3pm. Experience the classic process of creating a custom monogram through an immersion in vintage lettering styles, monograms, crests, seals, calling cards, and more. In these…
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3/21/15 Hi-touch meets digital 2-hour classes

These hands-on beginner and advanced classes work with examples of vintage monograms, lettering styles and engravings. Students learn to make new symbols, traditional monograms, and letterforms using these historic pieces as inspiration. By tracing, combining, then retracing existing forms, new, totally original designs, monograms and letterforms are created. Beginning (10:00am-noon) and advanced (1:00-3:00pm) levels of…
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