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ACL & Co. x Terrapin Stationers | Classing Up Twitter

Apr 22nd, 2011 | Categories: ACL & Co., Made in New York | by Michael Williams

The worst part about calling cards is the potential for people to actually call you. Because let’s be honest, the only time you want to see that phone number deployed is to a new lady friend. Even with that limited use we stand behind everything calling cards stand for: class, tradition, quality and of course, simplicity. With that in mind, we here at ACL teamed up with Ted Harrington and Terrapin Stationers to create an engraved Twitter calling card; finally classing up that age old “follow me on Twitter” conversation. We loved the idea of mixing such a traditional thing with something as frivolous as Twitter.

Terrapin has these on offer in its shop: $125 for a set of 100. Everything is hand engraved in New York City and you get the copper plate with the order. [Terrapin Stationers]

Comments: 28

28 Comments to “ACL & Co. x Terrapin Stationers | Classing Up Twitter”

  1. Timmrush
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 10:32 AM

    old school meets new school. perfect

  2. bykenyan
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 11:33 AM

    Dear Mister Williams,

    I must inform you of the following:

    I will be copy this, and will be placing an order with my printer first thing Monday morning.

    Sincerely ,

    K.L. Lewis
    President and
    General Sales Manager

  3. Michael Williams
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 11:40 AM

    Mr. Lewis,
    It would be better if you get engraved versions from Terrapin, but copying is A-okay.
    M. K. Williams
    Head Custodian

  4. weekender
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 11:46 AM

    a very good idea. should i copy it, too ?

  5. JRS
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 12:58 PM

    Very nice card. I really like the idea…

    Oh, and you knew it was coming:

  6. Sangsouvanh Khounvichit
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 12:58 PM

    I like everything about this. Great idea!

  7. pmg
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 1:50 PM

    Calling cards are just yet another plank in the bridge that leads us to basically becoming 19th Century cosplayers. But, I’m still extremely jealous. I’m still forced to make my calling cards out of Post-It notes.

  8. BCM
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 2:52 PM

    Looks like some seriously beefy card stock right there. Very nice. Navy or black lettering? Terrapin does great work!

  9. Ray Hull
    on Apr 22nd, 2011
    @ 3:49 PM

    As a graphics-minded guy, I’m not wild about all-caps, especially with multiple words. It just takes effort to read, and God help those with a double-entendre in the making.

    I may have to dig out my plates again. Gavitt & Co, our 19th Century engraver in Albany finally slid under the waves, but Crains is just over the hill in Dalton, MA.

    I spose I’d stick with brown on ivory, as is my stationery. But, in this age, I’ll probably use my corporate name rather than the house’s. Thx for the inspiration for rejuvenation.

  10. e-RICHIE
    on Apr 23rd, 2011
    @ 10:32 PM

    i 1) love it, and 2) will be on the phone (or email) with these cats on monday getting a parcel of these made with my logo.

    thanks atmo.

  11. C Hammond
    on Apr 24th, 2011
    @ 7:09 AM

    Paper is king and if you want the best take a look at a company that is an 80+ year old, all made in America, by hand, Mrs. John L. Strong fine stationery. Seven US presidents and the Duke of Windsor must know something.

  12. TMH
    on Apr 24th, 2011
    @ 11:10 AM

    Mrs John L. Strong is a wonderful Company couldn’t agree more.

  13. JSQ
    on Apr 24th, 2011
    @ 12:29 PM

    We’re all thinking it:

  14. George
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 12:49 AM

    Calling cards are pure opulence, which is dead. WSJ made the same mistake last week – the trend is now almost a decade old. Great idea for the W. Bush era, but not in the middle of a recession…

  15. Michael Williams
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 12:52 AM

    Thanks George.

  16. George
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 1:52 AM

    No problem. I may add that Twitter only sees about 8% of social media traffic (even lower than LinkedIn), while Facebook sees over 50%. That’s to say Twitter hasn’t proven itself to be a useful or an impacting tool for PR.

    I do like the hand graving though – and made in the USA.

  17. JSQ
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 2:30 PM

    Damn it, I was scooped by JRS.
    Although my clip was more neatly trimmed…

    To make up for it here’s a nice vid of my friend’s cards being letterpressed in Los Angeles:

  18. Elias J
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 3:41 PM

    Let me see Paul Allen’s card…

    FYI, thanks for the link, just bought two nice card memo sets from these guys with amazing fly fishing fly’s on them on Etsy.

  19. chris
    on Apr 25th, 2011
    @ 5:58 PM

    Pic of the copper plate?

  20. TMH
    on Apr 26th, 2011
    @ 12:38 AM

    Chris, here’s a copper engraving plate.

  21. Ethan
    on Apr 26th, 2011
    @ 3:07 AM

    What font is that?

  22. TMH
    on Apr 26th, 2011
    @ 11:38 AM

    Ethan it’s a roman called eaves and the @
    is times roman. We try to match our original
    master plates with Most of our steel engraving
    plates were cut many decades ago. The Co
    was founded in 1913.

  23. Ethan
    on Apr 26th, 2011
    @ 10:08 PM

    Very cool thanks!

  24. mat buckets
    on Apr 27th, 2011
    @ 1:36 PM

    it’s well slick rick

  25. chris
    on Apr 27th, 2011
    @ 2:18 PM

    Thanks for the plate photo Michael.

  26. VirginContent
    on May 6th, 2011
    @ 9:01 AM

    That is so fresh. I love it plus the encouragement to get them from Terrapin Stationers.


  27. Alex
    on May 13th, 2011
    @ 8:16 AM

    What type of paper was used here? Seems pretty thick too!

  28. My Affair with Michael Bastian
    on May 21st, 2011
    @ 1:48 AM

    This really is fabulous.