The Art of the Handwritten Letter

By Sela Hanna, Marjorie Magazine Staff

Can we all agree that there is something nostalgic and special when someone writes you a handwritten letter? The history of letter writing is so important. There is something about the imprints of the ink left behind from our loved ones who have passed that brings back a sense of nostalgia. I think of many wonderful human beings that inspire us every day. Some of them include our grandmothers, mothers, fathers, ancestors, and historical figures who have changed the world leaving behind mementos and insight on paper all for us to learn about the history of one’s past.

Let’s go back to the history of when letters really became a thing. The first recorded handwritten letter was by Persian Queen Atossa around 500 BC. The stamped letter we know today came into being in the reign of Queen Victoria in 1840. An interesting fact about this time period was how the letters did not have stamps or envelopes and the receiver of the letter had to pay on its receipt. Something that I find to be such a treasure was how the letters were folded and sealed by wax with a ring or hand seal.


Even though the modern age has shifted more on communicating through emails and text messages, there is nothing more that makes the Marjorie gal’s heart sing than to receive an eloquently written letter from a loved one. We are all nostalgic over here as we read the Victorian letters and learn about the heart and mind of a young queen.
Some staple pieces for the art of writing a handwritten letter include a pretty pen, wax seals, antique stamps, and of course the heartfelt words to your loved ones.
The Marjorie gals will be over here sipping tea and reading the Victorian letters as we hope this inspires your next read.

As always,
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Sela Hanna is an adventurer at heart, exploring new cities and all their historic centers and shops have to offer when traveling as a flight attendant for American Airlines. Newly married, she resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she enjoys hosting warm and nostalgic festivities, as well as crafting beautiful stories from the many tales recollected through her by the new faces she meets across the globe.

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