the name’s Bond. Basildon Bond

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Basildon BondThe corner shop, the post-office, both still sell writing paper. Lined writing paper. No letter-writting paper. No Basildon Bond. I should not have been suprised, the demand for letter-writting paper must have waned with the growth of the internet as a way to communicate with remote friends. In the 80’s I had a collection of different letter writting papers, varied colours, varied sizes and some with subtle water-colour marks. I didn’t use Basildon bond, it was too boring for the many letters that I wrote. Often I would write four or five letters a day. Not so now.

It was a real treat to buy myself a Parker fountain pen, letter-writting pad and envelopes. Now I just need to find my friends’ physical addresses….

the name’s Bond. Basildon Bond
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  1. Madame Defarge writes:

    I used Basildon Bond. Pale blue, all the time, to write thank you letters to my Gran and juvenile love letters to my distant pen pal. Loved it.

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  2. Happy Frog and I writes:

    Ah yes. Physical writing is so important to my family. I think it has a lot to do with coming across to England on a boat during a three week voyage in November and having to communicate to family in Australia in the 1960s where paper and pen was all that was available. I adore writing letters I am just cross that typing has robbed me of my lovely hand writing! 🙂

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  3. Brian writes:

    Back in the day I actually hand-wrote letters too. Once I received a surprise letter from a high-school acquaintance I hadn’t seen for several years. I wrote back, and we enjoyed writing so much that even after we started periodically seeing each other in person, we still hand-wrote letters to each other. (And yes, I did use a Parker fountain pen!)

    Now even actually writing *emails* seems rare; too often people just forward something “amusing” that someone else sent to them. I’d so much rather receive a simple email note from someone that they actually wrote!

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