Ever stumped about what to say in a letter? Well, wonder no more! Just watch the 10-minute educational film, Writing Better Social Letters. Even though it was made in 1950, the short tried to avoid a common gender stereotype by making the girl the clueless correspondent and her brother the writing whiz.
“Are you through already?”
“Sure Sis, I just finished the letter to Aunt Helen and Uncle Ross.”
“I don’t know how you do it, Wally. You make it seem so easy…How do you write such good social letters?”
“Well, Nora, it’s a talent…”
Once you get past the surreal world of Wally and Nora, it’s interesting to see how the basic tenets of letter writing used to be systematically outlined and enumerated like those of any other skill. Kids of today, many of whom have never corresponded by mail, might actually find some of the advice useful — once they finish rolling on the floor with laughter.
Film Friday: Watch Writing Better Social Letters online.