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Stationery has historically meant a wide gamut of materials: paper and office supplies, writing implements, greeting cards, glue, pencil case etc.

Originally the term "stationery" referred to all products sold by a stationer, whose name indicates that his book shop was on a fixed spot, usually near a university, and permanent, while medieval trading was mainly 'peddler]]s (including chapmen, who sold books) and others (such as farmers and craftsmen) at non-permanent markets such as fairs. It was a special term used between the 13th and 15th centuries in the manuscript culture. The Stationers' Company formerly held a monopoly over the publishing industry in England and was responsible for copyright regulations.

In its modern sense of (often personalized) writing materials, stationery has been an important part of good social etiquette, particularly since the Victorian era. Some usages of stationery, such as sending a manufactured reply card to a wedding invitation, has changed from offensive to appropriate. Many of these social guidelines may have been defined by the manufacturers of stationery products themselves, such as "Crane's Blue Book of Stationery" showing so much influence by Crane & Co. that the company name is included in the title.

The usage and marketing of stationery is a niche industry that is increasingly threatened by electronic media. As stationery is intrinsically linked to paper and the process of written, personalized communication, many techniques of stationery manufacture are employed, of varying desirability and expense. The most familiar of these techniques are letterpress printing, embossing, engraving, and thermographic printing (often confused with thermography). Flat printing and offset printing are regularly used, particularly for low cost or informal needs.

Letterpress is a printing method that requires characters being impressed upon the page. The print may be inked or blind but is typically done in a single color. Motifs or designs may be added as many letterpress machines use movable plates that must be hand-set.

8 Types of Stationery required every Office:
Highlighters make it to the top of the list and there is no doubt absolutely as to why it’s on the list. Imagine you are reading a book or newspaper and a word catches your eye, it’s could also be a quote or a line or just a start in general. Highlighters are a perfect way to bring it to light and make the line stand out from others. One must not overuse their highlighter as this would just make the work clumsy.

It’s no wonder that staplers made the list. They are used to bring up a bunch of papers together, large staplers are used to put up flyers on the board and the staplers themselves act as a pin remover and also as a paperweight.

No envelopes are not just used to mail out letters in office. It is used for a lot of other purposes too like sending out formal invitations, business cards, and even flyers. They can also be used to deliver the smallest things which otherwise would require a lot of efforts to be transferred.

White Papers:
Having white papers in handy can be a good solution to your problems. You can write down your thoughts and diagrams or charts on it. One can even note down their creative ideas on this paper which they would otherwise forget, and you can start working from here and will no longer have to brainstorm yourself any further.

Pencils are not just limited to the juvenile phase of our lives. They are extremely useful in offices as well as they do not require ink and never runs out of it as well. A pencil just needs a sharpener and last much longer than pens in general.

Keeping a notepad and pencil beside every telephone in your office can be a very essential thing as it helps you to jot down the numbers and names which you would otherwise forget. By keeping these two things beside each other, you won’t have to waste your time looking for them or searching for it.

Notebooks are an essential part of the office environment. They are helpful to jot down the important points, draw graphs, write a whole paragraph of content and sketch out maps. They are, in general, a great way to store information.

Pens have innumerable uses in an office. If you are a business professional then you would carry a pen everywhere with you let it be a conference, a meeting or even sales pitches, as you may never know when you might find something important and want to just write it down on a piece of paper.