- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Years ago — we’re talking the LBJ era, sports fans — a firm called American Stationery of Peru, Indiana (in the north-central part of the state and birthplace of Cole Porter) advertised its wares via mail-order ads in newspapers and magazines. Then, or so I thought, they disappeared.

Until yesterday, when a catalog from the firm arrived in my mailbox.

What’s the cyber-angle? Several of their note card products are advertised as being more permanent, more meaningful than e-mail. And I think there’s something to that. A handwritten note means a lot, especially when coupled with a postage stamp and correct addressing. (I’ll confess that I’ve taken to using transparent mailing labels to address cards; my handwriting is far from perfect.)

If you’re curious, americanstationery.com features an online version of the catalog.

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