The other day I received that now rather unusual thing, a letter.

On the envelope, beneath my business address, was typed Attention: with my name after it.

Why is this – or why was it ever – necessary?

I suppose it helped postal delivery persons and mailroom workers a bit, but surely not that much.

My name at the top with the address after it would reach me with no problem, just like a non-business letter sent to me at my home address.

While we’re on the subject, I like addresses to go from the particular to the general:

Box, office or floor number
Street address
City, province/state

Neil Guthrie (@guthrieneil)

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