2004 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

by Gini OgleIn June a panel of three judges selected 46 adult winners from nearly 200 entries in the 10th annual Graceful Envelope Contest, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and administered by the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Judges also selected six winners in the children's division.

This year's theme was “The Weather,” inspired by the unofficial motto of the Postal Service: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Those words represent just part of the vast array of climates, seasons and elements that our letters and cards encounter on their way to their destination. Entrants were encouraged to incorporate the theme in a creative and artistic way while using hand-executed calligraphy or fine lettering to address the envelope. Inventive relationships between the postage stamp used and the envelope design were also encouraged.

In addition to promoting the art of calligraphy, the Graceful Envelope Contest celebrates the role of letters in binding people together and serves as a reminder that the people who deliver the mail are career government employees who take pride in their work and care about the communities they serve.

The entries were judged by three professionals in the graphic design and lettering fields: Debra Sohasky Brown, White House staff calligrapher; Louise Megginson, former staff calligrapher for the Washington National Cathedral; and Lorraine Swerdloff, Director of Communications of the National Association of Letter Carriers.


View the 2004 winning Graceful Envelopes:
Theme: The Weather
Thumbnails of winning entries:
Honorable Mention
Children's Division

Past winners:




Available for purchase:
Dec. 2002 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 60 of the winning envelopes from 1995 through 2002

About the contest, including contest rules

May 2, 2001 article by Newhouse News Service about the Graceful Envelope Contest

Congratulations to the following winners
of the 2004 Graceful Envelope Contest:


Best in Show: Ruth Schellbach - Salem, Oregon

Linda Abrams - Great Neck, New York
Yukimi Annand - Torrance, California
Linda Arandas - Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Dick Borgstrom - Fountain Hills, Arizona
Sheryl Bracey - Hendersonville, Tennessee
Jane Brenner - Santa Rosa, California
Lillian Dabney - Seattle, Washington
Carol DuBosch - Portland, Oregon
Gloria Eckart - Plantation, Florida
Jo Forsyth - Shoreline, Washington
Lorrie Frear - Canandaigua, New York
Ella Jankowiak - Baltimore, Maryland
Audrey Kincaid - Fresno, California
Meredith Jane Klein - Albany, California
Mary Ann Koch - Boone, Iowa
Jill Lichty - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Susan McBaine - San Francisco, California
Judy Rinks - Jacksonville, Florida
Cynthia Schubert - Portland, Oregon
Lanz Smith - Richmond, Virginia

Honorable Mention

Lillian Brooks - Gallatin, Tennessee
Julie Gray - Asheville, North Carolina
Wilma Hardenburgh - Missoula, Montana
Shellie Harris - Summerville, South Carolina
Joan Inderhees - Kent, Ohio
Carole Maurer - Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Jeanette McCollum, St. Augustine, Florida
Virginia Meltzer - Missoula, Montana
Jill Norvell - Reston, Virginia
Leslie Outten - Deerfield, Illinois
Andrea Perkins - Salem, Oregon
Terry Porter - Dallas, Texas
Mary Lou Powers - Ames, Iowa
Diane Reiter - San Diego, California
Susan Richardson - La Jolla, California
Cindy Rudolph - Norwood, Massachusetts
Shelly Sansaver - Ellensburg, Washington
Jan Saunders - Sedona, Arizona
Anna Scetinina - Chisinau, Moldova
Jennifer Selinger - Bondi, N.S.W., Australia
Leslee Sipress - Santa Barbara, California
Michelle Stockdale - Vantage, Washington
Gudrun Sundquist - Spring, Texas
Taru Tarvainen - Helsinki, Finland
Katherine Way - Preston, Connecticut

Children's Division

Jeremy Annand - Torrance, California
Leah Ellyson - Carolina, West Virginia
Erin Harris - Summerville, South Carolina

Honorable Mention:
Sophia Nguyen - Marlboro, New Jersey
Jay Perry - Chester, Montana
Lauren Woods - Inverness, Montana

Artwork on this page by Gini Ogle.

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