The Days of Beautiful Writing Paper

By Val
@valmnz (12759)
New Zealand
November 19, 2015 1:40pm CST
When I was a teenager I had an amazing number of penfriends I wrote to all around the world. It started when I was ten and I eventually lost contact with the last one once we all started getting married. One of the things I loved at that stage was buying a wide range of writing paper. Not the ordinary lined plain paper for me! I chose paper with fun designs or images in the corner, a variety of colours and occasionally more expensive paper that I used sparingly. I collected writing paper like an addict. If I saw a pad in the stationery shop that appealed to me, I bought it. Then when I wrote to people I could choose which was the most appropriate paper to write to that person on at that time. Those penfriends days were fun times.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov 15
Even on the rare occasions that I write a letter these days I do not use writing paper such. I have a template of a personalised headed paper that I can simply print off and use.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 15
That's where I'm at these days too.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov 15
@valmnz I found it well worth the effort because I was able to creat6e exactly what I want and the cost is just the price of ordinary printer paper.
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@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
21 Nov 15
@Asylum That sounds very convenient.
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@allknowing (65008)
• India
21 Nov 15
That was trendy during our school days. We had one who had penfriends from all over the globe. I had just one. But today the digital world has made up what I longed to have in those years.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
I agree. I often say my presence online in sites such as this is the equivalent of when I had so many penfriends in the 60s.
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@allknowing (65008)
• India
21 Nov 15
@valmnz I just read somewhere that Internet would end soon. I wonder what I will do then if it happens?
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
22 Nov 15
@allknowing great, we'll all be able to get back on with our normal lives! They've been saying things like that for years. Remember the millennium bug too
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@celticeagle (118210)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Nov 15
I still have a box of fancy paper. Stationery. I loved to collect it. I wrote to my BFF with it for many years but just recently did away with most of it.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
20 Nov 15
It is so very expensive now!
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@celticeagle (118210)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Nov 15
@valmnz ....You might run down to the second hand and pick up some of mine. LOL
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• United States
20 Nov 15
I know the feeling! I still love buying paper to write on., I use it for my novels, stories and screenplays, writing them in longhand first then re-typing them in work on my laptop. Something about using a pen or pencil just stirs the creativity more than going straight from my brain onto the pc... if that makes sense.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
Most of writing projects I write by hand first with a pencil in a notebook. Makes a nice change from punching the keys here
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• United States
21 Nov 15
@valmnz Yes Indeed! Oh and another thing I meant to mention in my comment. You just don't really see any other paper aside from the lined notebook type or printer paper anymore, at least, speaking for myself, I don't. Of course, I mostly shop at the dollar store for my stationary needs, so the pickings are slim. depending on what they can get in stock.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25679)
• United States
21 Nov 15
It is nearly impossible to friend pretty stationary these days.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
I imagine it is, I must admit I haven't looked for years as I rarely write handwritten letters any more.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 15
I love pretty stationery too. I have so many little notebooks and journals - and notepaper. I don't buy it now as I'll never use the pieces I've got but I still like to send notes or letters to people occasionally.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
Indoma lot of journal writing and, although I know I should use less expensive journals, I always buy the ones with a pretty cover.
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@Pattitude (1299)
• Newton, North Carolina
21 Nov 15
I used to love all the different stationery that was out there. My grandmother had the most beautiful stock! They are not as widely sold like they used to be.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
I guess most people send emails or design their own paper on the computer now.
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@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
21 Nov 15
I still on occasion do write a letter. It's hard to find stationary nowadays though.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
It's quite easy to design something personal on the computer, then print it off.
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@zebra2222 (5157)
• United States
20 Nov 15
There were many different designs and types of paper to choose from.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
I had pretty paper, humorous paper, paper with messages on, all sorts, even plain in pretty colours.
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@Lucky15 (33386)
• Philippines
19 Nov 15
I used to have one. Then lost contacts. Now, where is that guy? I suddenly remember him.
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• United States
19 Nov 15
I also had a penpal and loved collecting not only pretty writing paper but I loved pens especially the old style fountain pens
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 15
I had an amazing array of coloured ballpoint pens
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@just4him (116696)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Nov 15
I loved getting different kinds of stationary too when I was a kid.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 15
As I got older there were vent cheeky ones around too.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
22 Nov 15
@valmnz I too had a handful of penfriends.I liked writing in colorful stationary.Even after marriage,I had one or two.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
23 Nov 15
@valmnz It would be wonderful to know where they are now.
@Inlemay (16520)
• South Africa
24 Nov 15
I used to ask for writing paper for my birthday. Boxes of beautiful paper with matching envelopes - If i find any, i always buy - I love beautiful writing materials because I still send letters
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
25 Nov 15
I'm impressed
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@jstory07 (66946)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Nov 15
We lived around the world so I wrote to friends when they had moved or we had moved. After years I did not get any more letters from them.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
22 Nov 15
Life moves on and people get involved in other things.
@lovebuglena (6321)
• Staten Island, New York
20 Nov 15
With computers I hardly every do any writing on paper. That's sad. I miss writing with pen and paper. The experience is a lot different than writing on a computer. I don't think I ever collected writing paper though. I wish I had. They are so beautiful and actually make you want to write.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
Most of my brainstorming and my first draft work for my other writing is done in a notebook before it reaches the computer
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
19 Nov 15
I remember all those pretty different Writing sets they are not about much anymore though because not many People write on Paper any more
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 15
Sad but true
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@kizzyB (180)
• United Kingdom
19 Nov 15
There's something special about pristine writing paper. I love pens as well. Pity my handwriting isn't very neat.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 15
There was more to the art of writing a letter than just the words written on the page, wasn't there
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@Jessicalynnt (47854)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Nov 15
check out postcrossing, not as personal but still, fun
@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
21 Nov 15
Will do
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 15
@valmnz I am out of post card stamps right now, but it's super cool!
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