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  1. Little Bow Prep
    August 9, 2009
    08/09/09
    6:28 pm

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    Little Bow Prep said...

    Cool post!

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  2. Maureen@IslandRoar
    August 9, 2009
    08/09/09
    7:07 pm

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    Maureen@IslandRoar said...

    Yes, cool. I've always wondered how monogramming things was started. I assumed ownership and prestige. Nice visuals.

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  3. Elise
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    3:04 am

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    Elise said...

    Hi, just wanted to stop by to say how much I've enjoyed your posts. Thank you !

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  4. indigo
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    6:21 am

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    indigo said...

    thought provoking, as always LPC. marie antoinette incorporated hers extensively into her decor, of course.

    just trying to decide where i stand on t-shirts bearing family coats of arms. i know someone who's family secretly all wear t-shirts with the family motto on at christmas and other gatherings. seriously. to significantly compound the factor of ick, the motto they have adopted is '*name*… a cut above the rest'.

    we have one in latin, more appropriate for a cape. perhaps an ovenglove.

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  5. Jan
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    6:54 am

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    Jan said...

    "It is possible that Victorian class anxiety contributed to the proliferation of monograms."

    Purely speculative, but it does make sense. I found all of this fascinating.

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  6. Living and Loving In L.A.
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    7:14 am

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    Living and Loving In L.A. said...

    I love monograms. So delightfully preppy and fun! XO!

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  7. Torch Lake Prep
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    7:23 am

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    Torch Lake Prep said...

    Thanks for the history, very interesting!

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  8. Lindy
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    7:45 am

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    Lindy said...

    I love monograms, too. Be sure to read Miss Janice for pointers on monogram etiquette at:
    http://etiquettewithmissjanice.blogspot.com/search/label/Monogramming%20Etiquette

    For example, a monogram for a couple named Mary and Ken Smith would be -mSk-; the woman's name is always first.

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  9. the Preppy Princess
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    9:39 am

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    the Preppy Princess said...

    Well now, if this isn't fascinating, we don't know what is. Well done Miss LPC, goodness. Not only is it great info and visuals, but we are simply amazed by some of the facts, most notably that widespread use didn't begin until the Victorians got all stressed out about their proper place in the world. (We're going with your theory, it makes a lot of sense.)

    Thank you ever-so-much for answering so many questions and planting the seeds of so many more.

    May the week be kind to you and lots of fun as well!
    tp

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  10. Princess Freckles
    August 10, 2009
    08/10/09
    2:48 pm

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    Princess Freckles said...

    Very interesting! Have you seen Julie & Julia yet? Meryl Streep wears the coolest monogrammed pin in several scenes. I love it!

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  11. Tickled Pink And Green
    August 11, 2009
    08/11/09
    11:09 am

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    Tickled Pink And Green said...

    As I recall, there is a huge list of monogram dos and don'ts in the Preppy Handbook. Your post is making me want to go back and look just for fun.

    As far as monogramming clothing, I must confess I monogram all my LL Bean long sleeve polo shirts in the classic diamond monogram. I like to coordinate the color with the pants (ha)….however this could have to do more with me getting free monogramming on anything because I have the LL Bean Visa card, which makes tend to go monogram crazy. ;-)

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  12. tiffany
    August 12, 2009
    08/12/09
    7:48 pm

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    tiffany said...

    One of my great-great-somethings (grandfather or uncle) had monogrammed mother of pearl gaming chips and duelling pistols, which I now have. I think he was somewhat of a rake …

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  13. LPC
    August 13, 2009
    08/13/09
    5:43 am

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    LPC said...

    Monogrammed mother of pearl gaming chips? Seriously? Coolest thing ever! I would need to make those into jewelery, I believe. And I have looked up the pin in the Julia Child's movie. Beautiful.

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    05/18/13
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  15. Jenny- Adventures Along the Way
    June 11, 2013
    06/11/13
    3:11 pm

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    Jenny- Adventures Along the Way said...

    Just wanted to say I came by to search your archives for “monograms” because I wanted to order some monogrammed stationery and wanted to check out the etiquette first and knew you addressed monograms on your blog. :) What I found was helpful, but I would also be really interested if you ever did a post someday about stationery…classic, tasteful choices (including monogrammed). I checked the archives and didn’t see one on that yet (unless I missed one?)

    06/11/13
    3:21 pm
    Jenny- Adventures Along the Way said...

    PS. I was also curious about any implications or differences regarding correspondence cards versus fold-over notes and for which occasions they were each appropriate.

    06/12/13
    8:01 pm
    Lisa said...

    I will write something – although being a Silicon Valley person I’ve left much of my stationery past behind:). And in terms of cards vs. fold-over notes, I think the cards are in fact more formal often, although they were supposed to be less so.

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  16. Jenny- Adventures Along the Way
    June 12, 2013
    06/12/13
    9:30 pm

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    Jenny- Adventures Along the Way said...

    Ooh, thanks, Lisa! I look forward to it! Can’t wait to see what you have to say about it all. (And I ordered my first set of monogrammed correspondence cards last night!) It made me unreasonably excited…

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