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Formerly, monograms were in widespread use to label clothes as well as table and bed linen with the initials of the proprietress resp. proprietor and to identify them as their property. Monograms were a speciality of a factory in St. Gall (Switzerland) whose flowering period lasted from 1920 to 1950. Depending on the use the monograms were simpler or richer, smaller or larger. Measurements vary between 1/2" and 6" (penny and pocket-book size).
Today monograms gain increasing popularity. Like in former times they are used to give a special touch to the private textiles or to make a mass-produced article stand out from the anonymity. You don't have to content you with that: why not use monograms to create an individual visiting-card? You can frame a particular rich double monogram and hang it up on a wall in the doorway. Not to count the uses in a doll's house ...
There are monograms with single initials (one letter, for instance M for Margrit) and those with a pair of initials (two letters for first name and last name: MU for Margrit Utz). Unfortunately, not all series of monograms have a complete alphabet. It's not to be expected otherwise if you take in account the age of my stock of monograms. More often than not, however, that regards to seldom used letters like Q or X, because very popular monograms were produced in large quantity. Sometimes especially double monograms miss an usual combination as AM for Anne Miller.
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