Grandma Boo expects a card

Like most people, I love my mum.  My mum is Elizabeth Furse.  Her family is English, but she wasn’t born in England.  She was born in Kenya and grew up in South Africa.  When she was still a teenager she took part in Black Sash marches in South Africa.  After we moved to Seattle from Los Angeles in 1968, she became involved in Native American issues.  I still remember her and my dad Richard going down to Frank’s Landing during Billy Frank’s “fish-ins”; she and Billy have been great friends ever since those days.  In 1992 she ran for and was elected to Congress from the First District in Oregon.  She won three terms but then went back to Oregon telling the voters of the first District that being a Congresswoman was a job, not a career.

My mum was a Democrat in Congress and she has always been a liberal, but in some ways she is conservative.  Especially when it comes to manners.  My mum has always been a fan of handwritten thank you cards.  A visit from my mum to our home in Seattle is followed by a card thanking my family for our hospitality during her visit.  My mum has always been Grandma Boo to my son Benjamin.  She got the nickname Boo as a child because she loved to hide and then ambush her five sisters while shouting “boo!”  Grandma Boo made it very clear to Benjamin once he was about six years old that good manners dictated a hand written thank you card after Grandma Boo sent him a gift.  Not a phone call, not an email.  Those don’t take much, if any, effort.  A handwritten thank you card requires you to get the card, think about a gracious thank you message, write the message, address the envelope and then send the card.  Since someone went to the effort of sending you a gift, you should go to the effort of acknowledging the gift by sending a thank you card.  But what card to send?

Crane & Co. clearly makes the card to send.  Crane & Co. has been making paper products for a few years, two hundred and forty-one to be exact.  Stephen Crane took over Massachusetts’ first paper mill in 1770.  Paper from Crane’s mill were used to print patriotic newspapers and pamphlets prior to and during the Revolutionary war.  Crane & Co.’s association with America’s currency began at this time.

In 1801, Stephen’s son Zenas Crane founded his own paper mill on the banks of the Housatonic River in Dalton, Massachusetts.  Zenas began using cotton to produce paper, a practice that Crane & Co. continues to this day.  Crane & Co. has always believed that the best raw material to make the best paper is cotton rather than pulp from trees.  I have got to agree with the Cranes; cards and envelopes made from cotton just have a special quality to them.

The range of Crane & Co. products is amazing.  They produce thank you notes, flat cards, folded notes, calling cards, journals, and gift tags.  They have an enormous range of stationery.  If you have an event that needs announcing, Crane & Co. also has that covered.  They make Save the Date cards, party invitations, baby shower invitations, baptism invitations, birthday party invitations bridal shower invitations and corporate event invitations.  Once you have lured your guest to your event with your stylish Crane & Co. invitations, Crane & Co. also produces products to make the event a success.  They make tabletop accessories, entertaining books, menu cards, and place cards and holders.  Crane & Co. has cards and stationery for every holiday and for every important life event.

Crane & Co. is an iconic American firm.  The Crane family has an enduring commitment to two very important values that are in short supply in America today.  First, to provide their customers with products of the highest quality and value.  Second, to provide employment to members of our extended American family by continuing to manufacture their products in this Country.  If you have not yet had the pleasure of using Crane & Co. products, I encourage you to do so.  Write a letter to your mum and dad to thank them for all they did to help make you the person you are today.  Write a card to someone in your life who helped you when it would have been just as easy for them to have taken a pass.  And write a thank you card to your aunt for that sweater she sent you, even if the color wasn’t really to your liking.  Grandma Boo would approve.

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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1 Response to Grandma Boo expects a card

  1. Great minds really do think alike! I already loved Crane and Co., so learning about their American roots and manufacturing sealed the deal for me! Thanks for recommending this post, I learned even more about the company’s history.

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