Film Friday: Writing Better Social Letters

Social Letter 1Ever 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…”

Social Letter 2Once 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.

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3 thoughts on “Film Friday: Writing Better Social Letters

  1. Phoebe Conn says:

    I loved Uncle Ross’s overalls! This was such a perfect example of 1950s thought. Now, an aunt and uncle would be happy with Thank You scrawled on a post card.

  2. Jeanne Lambson says:

    Where on earth did you find this video???? I can just see an English teacher showing it to her class in a three-story, brick high school in 1951.

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