The clipping is not from a neighborhood advertising flyer. I found it this morning in what used to be a large daily newspaper-- well, it's still daily but these days it weighs about four ounces. The article gives detailed instructions about how to have a quaint antique experience:
How to Write a Letter.
advises, by visiting a stationary store [are there still such things?]. “If you are putting forth the
effort to create a beautiful, handwritten letter, you can add to the experience
by selecting a fine paper on which to write.
There are many different types of paper…”
and if you’re lucky you may
even find some with flower petals embedded.
steps are listed, including
penmanship before sitting down to write your letter,
ideas on a piece of scrap paper,
*be sure to
proofread it for misspellings and grammatical errors,
working up to
your final copy of the letter on the good paper. Make sure it is neat and legible.”
“…wait a day or two before sending the letter to be sure [it is] truly what you
want to say. If so, mail…”
All this, I remind you, in a major daily newspaper. Someone was paid to write that. It's even more disheartening to
realize there are probably grown persons who will need that guidance – if they
ever do sit down to write a letter.