I officially changed my name Wednesday last week. Romantically: I gave Rob my name for his birthday. Realistically: I made him spend part of his day off at the Chinatown Social Security office.
I would like to celebrate with some new stationery now that the paperwork is in (and I only have another fifty or so more accounts to change, being a teenage bride would have been so much simpler). Classic ivory Crane's correspondence cards with regent blue thermography and navy liners? Maybe a monogram? Too many choices.
What does my trusty 1975 edition of Emily Post have to say:
A Married Woman's Paper
White, cream, light blue, gray, or light green are the proper colors...The paper is smaller than a man's, approximately five and one-half by six and one-half inches...A married woman's social paper is engraved "Mrs. William Frost," rather than "Mrs. Mary Frost." A professional woman may use her professional name without title -"Jane Author" rather than "Mrs. Robert Author" - on paper used for business correspondence.
An Unmarried Woman's Paper
An unmarried woman's paper is the same as a married woman's in color and style. Her name at the top of the paper, however, is written without title. The envelope does, of course, include the "Miss." The envelopes of stationary used for business purposes may be printed "Ms." if she prefers that tile.
Well, there you have it! I also learned that some people have a map printed in the corner of their vacation-home paper to assist weekend visitors and that only young girls can have just their first name printed on their correspondence. Useful. I just need a good sale on personalized stationery to come along and I'm set.