Hisotry of the Monogram

Many people recognize a monogram as initials or a set of letters combined to make one sign of identity. What many people do not know is how the monogram came to be used and the proper way to create or read one.

Historically, a monogram was used as a royal signature. Romans and Greeks used them on coins to identify their rulers. Then, in the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to sign their work. Victorian-period high-class persons adapted the monogram for personal use as a symbol of their place in society. Now, monograms can be seen on just about anything: bags, purses, clothes, personal stationary, and, of course, towels. Towels are perhaps the most popular of these examples. Newlyweds will often choose new towels and the monogram to be embroidered.

One can look almost anywhere and find a monogram. Luxury car companies sometimes monogram the seats of their vehicles, and monograms are sometimes used as company logos.

In the Victorian era, rules for monograms were quite simple and few. Female monograms had the first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and last initial embroidered larger in the middle. But the rules are hardly simple anymore. A monogram can be playful, whimsical, flamboyant, traditional, elegant, or understated; the number of choices today is almost infinite. Many still choose to use the traditional Victorian female model, but now there is a traditional male model of first, middle, last, all in the same size, and there are numerous styles to choose from.

A monogram can be a whole name or just initials. Rules are now flexible,however they haven't really been revisited lately, this week will the blog will focus on various monogram arrangements. The married couple, the new baby, the life partners, etc, etc

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