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As stationers, we are often asked what type of business stationery should be used for informal communication.  Clearly, letterhead stationery is the appropriate vehicle for communicating with clients, suppliers and third-parties.  When communicating internally or for communication of a less formal nature, business executives generally use one or more of the following forms of informal correspondence:

  1. The fold-over note
  2. The half-sheet
  3. The correspondence card
  4. The monarch sheet
  5. Memo pads (“From the Desk Of”)

In the case of monarch paper (7 1/4″ x 10.5″) and the half-sheet (slightly smaller), the company name and/or logo may appear on the stationery together with the printed name of the sender and, perhaps, their title (i.e. President, Director).  All other information generally found on company letterhead – the address, telephone number and website – is generally absent.  In effect, the sender is conveying a message which is both personal but also underscores his or her role within the organization.  This form of correspondence is generally hand-written but may also be typed.  It should always be signed.

Crane & Co. Correspondence Card

The correspondence card and fold-over note are very popular forms of informal correspondence.  While the fold-over note is considered to be the preferred form of correspondence for women, many men select the fold-over note over the more popular correspondence card.  With this form of correspondence, only the name of the sender is printed on the note or card.  Initials or a monogram are not considered appropriate for business informals.  The desk memo is generally perceived to be a tasking note or business reminder rather than informal correspondence.  Nevertheless, it adds a personal touch that emails, memos and directives simply lack.

Crane & Co. Fold-over Note

The appropriate use of informal correspondence within an organization creates a level of personal intimacy that is sadly lacking in most organizations.  Contact a Guild member store in your neighborhood to learn more about the use of informal business correspondence.

Richard May
Founding Member

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