Friday, March 30, 2007

Entry #11: Monograms are amazing

Monograms were made popular a few years back with canvas bags, shirts, sandals, towels, and even slippers having monograms on them. The typography generally had a modern touch with curvy letters, but still had an ode to the past with the trademark three initals.

The little used middle name experienced a moment of much needed love.

As did the Proper Name.

The Rules of Monograms were first created in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. The simple beauty of the monogram is enough to start a passionate affair with the subject, but monograms go back to a time where traditions are followed and strictly adhered to. This is often lost in the commercial art world (sometimes for good reasons), which makes Monograms refreshing (say Ahhhh!). In the world of monograms, Bill is "William," Bob is "Robert" and Chuck is...


The monogram began hundreds of years ago and was popularized by Charlemagne who was illiterate and used it to sign his name to important documents, according to "Crane's Blue Book of Stationary."

For most of us, a monogram consists of the initials of our birth, or "given" names. When the letters are all the same size, the monogram reads in order, first initial, middle initial, and last initial. When the monogram style includes a larger center letter (which many of them do) the order is first initial, last initial (the larger one), and then middle initial.

For married women the formal style is to use initials representing first name, maiden name and married name. For single women and married women retaining their married name, then the usual first initial, middle initial and last initial rule applies. You can learn more about the rules of monograms at The Rules of Monogramming.

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