Doctors’ Handwriting

We always hear that doctors have the worst hand-writing, and you can’t read anything they write, especially their prescriptions. However, this wasn’t always the case.

I work for one of the oldest medical societies in America, The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, having been established in 1799. Back then, good handwriting was a point of pride – think about how we remember John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence. People were still writing with a quill and ink, which helped produce some of the elegant swoops and swirls in the lettering, like on this roll of the membership.

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We have many of our original founding documents, most of which are hand-written, as well as ephemera spanning four centuries! Even the smallest and most insignificant pieces are done with care and flair. This cover of the vaccine report from 1814 has extra added serifs on the lettering. fairfax2

Rosters from the 1830s have names and amounts all perfectly written and the MD after each doctors’ name has a special swirl. fairfax23

Letters to and from one doctor to another are full of formalities and are sometimes difficult to decipher, but they are fascinating to read. This letter talks about what to do with $150 remaining after a convention.fairfax4 Continue reading

Fall recipes

Apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, pies ….turkeys… Fall comes with some of the year’s tastiest delights.

TC1-E-PMPKN-largeOur new pumpkin placecard wanted some new friends to help decorate dinner tables with, so here are some of our favorite recipes:

Apple cider donuts

Apple cider donuts

Maple Sweet Potato Hash

Maple Sweet Potato Hash

Holiday mojito

Holiday Mojito

Celebrating purple

We’re big fans of the color purple here at Dempsey & Carroll. Purple ink on correspondence cards are still pretty rare, so it’s nice to come across them between the more standard colors like black or regent blue. Plus they look especially beautiful on our white, ecru, or gray paper:

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Colin Cowie Celebrations show how purple can also be used for weddings, ranging from soft, pastel tones to the bold and dramatic.

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Would love to make the invitations for this party!

Ink colorsCan you envision purple for your next celebration?

Today is #Spiritday. Stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth with the color purple today: http://glaad.org/spiritday

Updating your Fall correspondence wardrobe

Fall is officially in full swing and in New York, we’re slowly putting our summer dresses and sandals away for light scarves and jackets. It’s also the perfect time to update your Fall correspondence wardrobe! Below are a few of our favorite picks, from our newest collaboration with JMcLaughlin:

Black Istanbul

Gold Olana

This viscose print scarf from JMcLaughlin in Gold Olana is great for strolls in the daytime, for when the weather is just mildly brisk. Pair this with our Olana cards:

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Olana cards
Black Istanbul

Black Istanbul

This wool scarf in Black Istanbul is a fantastic neutral staple piece, that would look great with a black peacoat as the days get shorter.

Istanbul cards

Istanbul cards