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Your Guide To Colour Envelopes

Jul 3, 2008
Nowadays there are thousands of different types and colours of envelopes to choose from. Envelopes can be found in traditional brown and white colours and can also be found in a whole host of lurid colours so that your correspondences have a real impact on the people that receive letters from you. The range of different types of envelopes is a relatively new phenomenon.

Envelopes have come a long way since they first began to be used and these unassuming little items have a somewhat surprising history that has lead them to the levels of sophistication that they now offer. We all use envelopes daily yet it is likely that you have never considered the design of the envelope. This article aims to give you a better insight into the colour envelope and how it helps people in their everyday lives.

Before envelopes were invented letters were sealed together using a blob of molten wax that was stamped by a person's seal. This seal demonstrated who had sent the letter long before the letter was opened. This meant the person that received the letter knew who it was from before reading it. These letters were often hand delivered.

As the transfer of mail became more popular it was important to place on the item an address to where it should be sent. This meant if people wanted to send a letter that they would have to add the address to the back of the letter that they were writing. It also meant that the letter could easily be opened and read by a person that it was not intended for. The envelope provided a panel on which an address could be written legibly and it also provided a space into which a letter could be fully sealed and remain private. The humble envelope was born and as they were used more often new more sophisticated ways of folding the envelopes were developed.

The majority of envelopes are cut from a single sheet of paper and later folded into shape and sealed together to form a pocket into which a letter can be placed. Envelopes then typically have a final flap that can be turned over and sealed to secure the letter in the envelope. This can mean that it can be sealed by an individual. The method of sealing an envelope has developed a great deal in recent years. People no longer use hot wax to seal letters but rather use other methods to seal envelopes.

The most common method of sealing an envelope is with a lickable seal that activates the adhesive. Another popular way of sealing an envelope that is becoming increasingly popular is to seal an envelope using an adhesive that can be revealed by removing a tiny plastic strip. These types of envelopes are becoming increasingly popular as people perceive that having to seal a seal by licking it is dangerous.

There are a few core ways in which envelopes are folded and the method in which they are folded makes each envelope different. One of the main ways in which envelopes are folded is known as the pocket. These envelopes are folded from a kite shape. The opening for these types of envelope is at the short side of the envelope so that the letter is entered into the envelope lengthways.
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Office expert Shaun Parker has an extensive knowledge of the types of colour envelopes that are available.
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