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Women on Money & Mindset: The lost art of writing letters

By in Press Enterprise on November 26, 2017

By Tami Sipos

This week I received an actual hand-written letter with a hand-written envelope in the mail.

The letter was from someone I know — not junk mail! This one letter, in the midst of all my other mail, was like the difference between an e-mail message and an actual phone call.

Handwritten letters used to be our primary form of communication. Is the art of writing something that will fade away? Do we need to try and keep it alive? When was the last time you used a pen and wrote on a piece of paper with the idea of finding a stamp to send it to someone in the mail?

A friend with remarkable penmanship once told me his father forced him to learn to write beautifully because, at that time, it was a way to show a person’s level of intelligence. Now, at most schools, cursive writing is not taught anymore.

Another method of communicating that seems to have gone by the wayside is the typewriter. Those under the age of 30 have probably never heard a typewriter. Is letter writing, in general, going the way of typewriters, Polaroid photos, film, and vinyl records?

Surprisingly, for about the last 10 years, typewriter fans are growing. Just as a handwritten letter is a break from our technology overload, so is the typewriter. At one time, typewriters were the technological breakthrough, and now they are nostalgic. Although typewriters are no longer part of modern technology, they do provide one advantage: They’re relatively secure from hacking.

If you happen to be a writer, the typewriter attraction also includes the fact that the typewriter only does one thing: type. You can’t be distracted by e-mail or social media on a typewriter.

When I receive a handwritten note, Christmas card or typewritten letter, I think of the person who sent it […]    

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