|Don't seal any letters that are going to tropical or very warm countries. The post-office authorities will usually reject them, as the sealing wax may melt and do damage to other mail.|
Don’ts For Your Writing Desk
- Don't address any one as “My dear friend,” or “Dear Friend.” This is old fashioned and out of date.
- Don't indulge in abbreviations in personal or social letters. In certain business letters certain customary abbreviations are usual which would be bad form in personal letters.
- Don't used lined paper. If you can't possibly write straight use black lines under your note paper to guide you.
- Don't write with pencil. It is bad enough to do it and worse yet to apologize for doing it.
- Don't use a half sheet of paper when you have a little to write on the extra sheet. The economy you effect by dividing sheets in this way is too insignificant to think of for a moment.
- Don't use colored inks jet black or a blue ink that dries almost black are the only sort sanctioned.
- Don't use perfumed stationery. It may have been in good form once but it is certainly not at the present time.
- If there are any sachets in your writing desk, take them out.
- Don't seal your letters unless you are a past master in the art.
- Don't seal any letters that are going to tropical or very warm countries. The post-office authorities will usually reject them, as the sealing wax may melt and do damage to other mail.
What Readers Ask... “I am a young girl of 20 and a boy friend of mine of whom I think of a good deal has gone away and has asked me to write. Would it be all right for me to write first or should I wait to hear from him?” Since he is the one who has left it would be customary to wait for him to write the first letter. It is usually the man’s place to write the first letter anyway. — Copyright, 1920, by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate.
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