Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery (Win a Box!)

by Brett & Kate McKay on February 27, 2011 · 1,334 comments

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At the Art of Manliness, we’ve long been proponents of hand-written correspondence. But if you’ve spent any time looking for stationery, like we have, you know that the selection of stationery designed for men is abysmal. Most stationery companies tailor their offerings for their female customers, and butterfly, flower, and polka dot motifs abound. To be sure, some stationery companies do offer options for men, but while these very plain designs are safe and acceptable, they’re devoid of any kind personality and most importantly, they don’t exude any good old fashioned manliness.

Unhappy with the lackluster stationery for men currently available, The Art of Manliness has teamed up with Page Stationery to create a line of letterpress correspondence cards. This line of stationery is traditional, distinguished, and manly.

Why Does a Man Need Stationery?

A man’s personal stationery can be used to drop a line to friends and family and to dash off notes of congratulations or condolence. Of course we know that while writing and receiving handwritten notes and letters is an incredibly enjoyable tradition, not too many men are ever going to get in the snail mail habit. Which is fine. But every man still needs to have a set of stationery stashed away in his desk. Why? If for no other reason then for writing thank you notes. Even in our modern age, a thank you note is still expected to be written by hand; emailed thank you’s are still not looked upon as carrying the same weight. We all are the recipients of gifts and good deeds from time to time. Instead of having to run to the store every time you need to write a thank you note, you should always have a set of correspondence cards at the ready.

Why Correspondence Cards?

Correspondence cards have been the traditional form of men’s stationery for more than two centuries. The reason? Men like to keep things short and to the point. The note cards are big enough for a proper message and small enough that you don’t need to feel pressured to write a long tome or guilty about leaving a bunch of extra space. They’re really the perfect size.

Why Letterpress Stationery?

Letterpress printing is not only the oldest kind of printing, it is also in my opinion the handsomest. Involving moveable type or images, it’s a process of relief printing in which a plate with a reversed, raised surface is inked, and then paper is pressed on top of the raised surface, transferring the ink. The design is indented into the paper by an experienced craftsman. For a tactile guy like me, who loves things with texture, letterpress is the only way to go.

Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery

We excited to announce our partnership with Page Stationery and our new line of Art of Manliness stationery. We don’t think you’ll find a more handsome line of stationery for men anywhere.

We offer 25 different motifs for you to choose from and have printed on your correspondence cards. The note cards measure 4.25″ x 5.5″. The paper is a thick 300gsm slightly textured writing paper that was chosen to highlight the unique dimension and character of the letterpress printing process. For the standard note cards, the motifs are printed in chocolate brown ink.

The standard note cards are packed 15 to a box and come with 15 unprinted envelopes. A box costs $15.

You can choose to get a box with all the same motif or get a box with a mix of different motifs. For an extra charge, you can also choose to customize your order by having your name printed on the card and your return address printed on the envelope flap. Going the customization route also allows you to choose a different color for the  printing. The minimum order for customization is 50 quantity. You will be emailed a proof and will get to work with Page Stationery’s designers to create your stationery to your liking.

Stationery Giveaway

To kick off our new line of stationery, we’re giving away three standard boxes of stationery to three lucky AoM readers. To enter, simply visit Page Stationery, take a look at the different motifs we offer, and then leave a comment telling us what motif you’d have put on your cards if you win.

Everyone who enters the giveaway will be emailed a discount code worth 20% off your order at the conclusion of the contest.

Giveaway ends March 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm CST. Winner will be announced on the Art of Manliness Trunk.

 

1201 Jaime de la Torre March 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

As a hunter, I would probably go with the pointer or the mallard. Probably use my 20% off to order a box of each.

1202 Jonathan March 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I would go with the man or the moose.

1203 Greg March 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Although all of them are outstanding, it’s hard for me to not choose “the boxer.” Not only is it symbolic of the Art of Manliness website, but it also captures the essence of manhood on a stationary. Since reading some of your posts on stationaries several months back, I started to develop the habit of writing personal hand written notes. I’d buy the manliest one at Barnes and Noble, but they don’t seem to represent a manly letter.
I promise that if you give me a free box of this stationary, it will be a major investment. I already look forward to getting a box for most of the men in my family for this year’s Christmas.

1204 Ryan March 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I would have the moose motif on my cards, because I think the antlers look great in letterpress.

1205 Caleb March 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I would definitely have to go with either the deer or the dog; they are both so classy.

1206 Jordan Dwelle March 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’d definitely go with the geese. Too many good options.

1207 Joshua S. March 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I would go with the True North motif. Without a doubt.

1208 Kevin K. March 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I recently moved to the Gulf of Mexico as part of my journey into my own discovery of manliness. I would definitely go with the skipjack!

Love the site! Keep up the great work! It has been a tremendous agent of positive change in my life!

1209 Aaron March 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I would go with the deer.

1210 Franz March 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I would choose the moose. It resonates with me as I’m from Michigan, and connotes a more naturalist, backpacking type of manliness instead of a hunting type of manliness, not that the two are necessarily incompatible.

However, if you had a northern pike motif, I’d probably select it over the moose.

1211 Matthew Chilese March 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I would choose the True North motif. Always being able to find your bearings and know where you are and where you’re going is a true survival trait and very manly. Although I really like the other options, I feel that this one is most versatile. Congratulatory recipients might take it to mean, “you’ve successfully navigated to your destination”, or “good luck with your continuing journey”. Those in need of consolation might be encouraged to not lose their path and to continue working toward whatever their end point might be. It adds a visual message to the recipient that compliments almost any note that you could write on that stationary.

1212 T March 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

the deer

1213 Peter Hernandez March 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Is there anything that encapsulates the feeling of manliness than the very symbol used to represent this site? I would have to go for the boxer hands down. Its playful but styled just right to be used on stationary. Jordan is right though, there are a lot of good options

1214 Kathleen Kinney March 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Definitely the Moose! I’m interesting in ordering a set for my man and the Moose is perfect! Very manly (just like my man!).

1215 Will Chapman March 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I and two of my friends started our own business last year (we’re all 21). We have, up until now, been using entirely paperless options for communications. After reading this article, we have seen the error in our ways. If for nothing else, we need to have stationary for thank-you notes, an area in which we have been sorely remiss. Regardless of whether we win or not, I believe that we will be ordering ones with our logo in the left corner, the “man” motif in the right corner, and our name (“Good Bucket”) at the top center. To see our logo, feel free to visit our site. Thank you for bringing this need to our attention.

1216 Alex March 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’m always fixing something or preparing for something else, so I’d pick the army knife.

1217 Eric Moore March 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Being a cartographer by trade, True North would be perfect for me.

1218 Justin C March 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I would go with the Hunter.

Even though I’m not a hunter myself I come from a long line of hunters and there’s nothing more masculine than hunting for, and bringing back, your own food which you then proceed to dress and cook yourself.

1219 C. Step March 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

The revolver for sure!!

1220 RJ Price March 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I’d have to go with the boxer! As a boxer and martial artist I love the simplicity of the motif. A man who stands ready for whatever life brings.

1221 David March 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The bunny and the pram caught my eye. But I’d have to say the Pointer is my favorite.

1222 Tre March 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Beautiful cards! I prefer the outdoor themes, especially those dealing with hunting or fishing. The pointer and the catch both cause me to relate to a man’s outdoor nature, a focus on providing for the family. The pistol also piques my interest.

1223 Brent March 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Certainly, I would place upon my stationary that of the man. The eloquence of such a design is most prevalent.

1224 Alexander Brown March 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Got to be the Bull-Moose!

1225 Troy March 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Definitely would go with the Hunter.

After living in the South these past few years, I’ve met many friends and associates who go out and hunt. One associate even gave me the opportunity to stay at his hunting lease for a couple of days. These cards sure would have been the perfect Thank You!

1226 Evan W. March 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I’d go with the army knife motif. The scout in me just can’t stop thinking “be prepared.”

1227 Joseph March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Definitely the man.

1228 Blake March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm

It’s a tough choice, very tough. I’m a fan of the revolver, moose and skipjack, but the boxer would be my overall pick. The flexibility of the image gives it the advantage. It looks just as good on a declaration of intent to duel your arch-nemesis as it does on an invitation to a friendly game of poker.

1229 Tim Wasem March 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

The boxer. Because, “In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade and he carries the reminders of ev’ry glove that layed him down or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, “I am leaving, I am leaving.” But the fighter still remains” Thank you, Paul Simon. And thank you, AoM. This stationary is great.

1230 Alex G March 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I’d have to buy two boxes at least, seeing as the aesthetics of the deer’s head are hard to match, but I grew up sailing and it runs in my blood, so the skipjack’s an awfully good choice too.

1231 Jake March 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

True north – my compass is one of my most valued possessions, and I can’t think of a better representation of myself, with the exception of perhaps a trumpet.

1232 Matt McCraw March 3, 2011 at 12:03 am

Deer. Graceful yet stern.

1233 Rob March 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

I would KILL for these! It’s just a graphic designer’s obsession with letterpress. I know it’s not what you asked for, but I would like one of each!

1234 Molly March 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

Oh do I love that Prizefighter! So awesome.

1235 Scott Stamm March 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

True North. I’m still trying to find direction in my life…

1236 Jacob March 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

As a hunter and a woodsman, I find myself torn between two options. If I could choose both, I would go with the Rifle, and the Ax… though, if forced with a choice, I suppose it would be the Ax. As the book “Hatchet”, by Gary Paulsen, illustrates, when all else fails you, a good ax will not.

1237 Austin March 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

Definitely the pistol!

1238 Wesley Edward March 3, 2011 at 1:12 am

If I were to choose a motif for this stationary, my first choice would be a dapper, sophisticated looking hat. However, there is no such option. Therefore, I would choose the razor. While currently, I do not use a double edge razor, I do use an Ever Ready 1912. I love it and it would be neat to subtly share that appreciation and affection of such items and to show the patience it takes to shave with something like that.

1239 RAMiller March 3, 2011 at 1:35 am

Axe is my first pick but I like the pointer one too. Nice stuff.

1240 Andy March 3, 2011 at 3:31 am

Um…is there even a question? Moose motif. Hands down.

1241 Robert March 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

What a great way to get stationary! All I have been able to find is really expensive wedding invitation-like card stock. Of course, you can find bespoke, but the price will rival a couple of BMW payments! I would love to send some of these with the man letterpress on them. Thanks for creating these!

1242 David March 3, 2011 at 8:01 am

These look nice! My favorite is probably just the revolver. But as I love traveling, the skipjack and True North looks very appealing too. I need a box of each!

1243 Steven March 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

The boxer or pistol, definitely. Good thing you released these. I just ran out of stationary. Will probably go the customized route.

1244 Mitch MCFadden March 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

I would definitely go with the True North. I’m on a personal quest to make strides every day to become a better man. This quest is actually what brought me to your website a few weeks back and caused me to bookmark it. I like the idea of a compass, in that I’m trying to navigate through a world that is morally confusing, and I’m trying my hardest to find the right path.

I will be buying these, for sure, as I am an avid snail mailer, and I have the exact same problem you mentioned, in that I am typically sending thank you cards on moderately to very feminine card stock. I will, of course, wait until the 6th to purchase, though, as I’d like to see if I win first.

1245 Adam March 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

I would get the “Pointer” motif. “Moose” and “True North” are good ones though too. As mentioned in the article, all of the stationery in my house has been purchased by my wife, and as such, few are not feminine, and none are manly. I need to get my own stash.

1246 B Young March 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

I recently started writing by hand to my grand-daughter (aged 6 mos.) I am hoping to have a stack full of letters for her to read by the time she learns how!

I think I would go with the moose motif especially since we’re in the great white North.

1247 SG March 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

I bought 4 boxes to replenish my stationery supply. Went with the Man motif (2 boxes) the Rifle and the Revolver motifs (1 box each). Looking forward to getting them!

1248 Richard Willaims March 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

The revolver. Cocked and ready.

1249 Brit March 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

I like the Swiss Army Knife and True North

1250 Cody Hittinger March 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Tough choice between the man or true north, both are quite classy.

1251 Paul McCracken March 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I would go with a knight in armour…

1252 Silman March 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

As a practitioner of the pugilistic arts, I’d choose the boxer. Classic.

1253 CJ March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I love my dogs. I’d have to go with the dogs (man’s best friend).

1254 Sam Jaco March 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’m definitely leaning towards the axe. The moose and true north are also excellent!

1255 John March 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’d go with the pistol, cause I’m a son of a gun.

1256 Matt March 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Boxer. Can’t wrestle with that decision!

1257 Steve White March 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I ordered the Lure, the Bass, and the Pointer. Awesome images that define the coming Spring and what I hope to be doing.

1258 Joshua March 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I’d go with true north, as I find it resonates well how I wish to live my life.

1259 TJ March 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm

A man’s best friend is his dog, no question about it.

If I was lucky enough to receive a box of this beautiful stationary, I would choose the pointer motif any day of the week.

This is a great accomplishment in the reform of communication, way to go A of M!

TJ

1260 T.M. Everson March 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm

In honor of my father,an aquaculture technician, the trout. This stationary looks great.

1261 Luke March 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I would go with the True North!

1262 Gentleman_General March 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The true north compass motif definitely hits things on the nail. It would definitely capture that traveler vibe while I’m shooting off notes while in China.

1263 B.N. Dye March 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The Moose. Definitely.

1264 Wayne Erik March 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I would go with the true north compass motif. It is dignified, classic, and timeless.

1265 Ernest March 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I will go with the man. Gentlemanly.

1266 Michael Higgins March 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I would have to start with the ‘Man’ as my first motif. Hoever I see myself also working my way through the revolver and straight razor. Of course I would want to have my Name, return address on them!

1267 Kyle E March 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Gotta go with the man. Love the top hat and cane. Very classic.

1268 jweaks March 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Fleur for me. Boxer would be my second choice.

1269 Alistair Corr March 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

The duck most definitely

1270 David Z. Davidson March 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Its all about the man. Nothing says gentleman like a gentleman in a top hat and cane. Its classy and vintage!

1271 Ross March 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I’m a fan of the pointer

1272 Matt March 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Very nice. I would lean towards a mixed set: geese, revolver, and army knife (though it took me awhile to narrow it down to those).

1273 Roger March 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Army knife, fits my persona to a T…..
If they don’t find you handsome, at least they find you handy…..

1274 Andrew Knock March 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I would choose the ‘Man’ motif.

1275 Stephen March 4, 2011 at 4:50 am

Hmmmm, tough one. I’ll go with “skipjack”.

1276 andrew sherwell March 4, 2011 at 5:38 am

Oh, deer.

1277 Amy March 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

That pointer is very manly.

1278 Livingston Conant March 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

I love the “man” motif. It’s just classic! I do like a lot of them though. Boxer is very cool too.

1279 TadK March 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

I like the way the Northstar/Compass looks personally. Actually it resonated with me as I was reading Tom Peter’s latest book as well as having come across an interesting CD cover, all of which is prompting personal logo/icon design thoughts.

1280 Mark March 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

I would put the “Straight Razor” motif on my cards if I won.

1281 Norman Kraft March 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

In honor of my father, and the outdoor life he loved, I would choose geese. Though I like a lot of the images, man, deer, boxer, hunter, so many good choices!

1282 Randy Weise March 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

I would go with the skipjack. I am also very pleased with the choice of the chocolate ink color. I use a fountain pen (italic nib) and brown ink (Noodler’s). Brown ink reminds me of historic documents and let’s me pretend that what I am writing is important.

1283 Wesley March 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’d order a set with the ax, the pistol, and the rifle, and then make them a gift to my old man. He sweats manliness. I’m 34 years old, but I still feel like a little boy anytime I’m in the same room with him.

1284 Brett March 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Man. Love several of them, though.

1285 Travis Wilde March 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I narrowed it down to the true north.

1286 H Locke March 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I think I’d prefer the True North one, but that deer one is pretty nice as well.

1287 Joe S March 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I would go with the “Man” Motif. Nothing says class like a man with a cane and a top hat.

1288 Josh Perkins March 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’d have to choose “true north”—it’d be fine for thank-you notes, letters of condolence, and anything in between.

1289 Grant March 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The moose!

1290 Jeremy March 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I would choose the fisticuffs motif, as it is the most unique, and most likely to prompt an inquiry that I could reply to with “why, these are from my ‘art of manliness’ stationary, of course!”, and proceed to direct them to visit your website. I am always looking for some excuse to send some puerile fellow to school himself at your font of wisdom.

1291 shane March 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I’m a sucker for the boxer although I do like the razor.

1292 Tim March 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

True North….It resonates with everyone in some way or other

1293 Grayson March 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I’d definitely go with the axe. So fitting to my personality and thought processes.

Really love that website!

1294 Kye Weasner March 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I enjoy all of them but I would use them mainly for business so I like the pointer the best.

1295 Michael S. March 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I would have to go with the dog. Since I was a child, there has been a dog in my life. They are amazing animals, and I loved every one of my pets.

1296 Michael March 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I would go with True North

1297 Greg May March 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

The man, baby. The man.

1298 Vaughn Griffeth March 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

My selection for a motif would be the distinguished man, which should add a sharp presentation to the card.

1299 J. Taylor March 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

I really like the boxer.

1300 Kevin Buss March 5, 2011 at 6:16 am

I live in Russia, so it would have to be the moose for personal use & True North for business.

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