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Writing Your Senator? New Stationery Adds Flair to the Message

Dahlia Press, which is based in Seattle, released four female-empowerment illustrated postcards, including one with a hand with red fingernails holding an olive branch and “Tough as Nails” written across the wrist ($12 for eight). Stephanie Clarke, the company’s founder, intended the cards to be appropriate whether the sender wanted to encourage lawmakers to better support women or to thank those who were.

“I didn’t want the cards to come across as aggressive,” Ms. Clarke said. “I kept them very soft and feminine and peaceful.”

Saying thank you is one of the purposes of the Waterknot Super Pak (Postcard Action Kit) collection, which includes messages like: “Thanks for working for justice. You’ve got my vote!” For those with whom a sender disagrees, one option is “Work for love to earn my vote” on a purple card with darker purple writing ($12 for 18). Two companies, Bench Pressed in Minneapolis and the Firecracker Press in St. Louis, offer postcards reminiscent of party invitations that prompt the sender to fill in the blanks with things like a hometown, issues of concern and why the topic is important.

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The children’s book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers designed downloadable cards, among them this love note to the nation.

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Oliver Jeffers

Paper Chase Press goes one step further, with full-page stationery that requires an envelope. The 40-year-old Los Angeles press and bindery company, whose clients include Marc Jacobs and the Ace Hotel group, just introduced an Official Correspondence series ($12 for 12), including letterhead on thick eggshell-color paper with a circular logo reading “The Office of Concerned Constituents.”

The series could be considered partisan, said Nicole Katz, Paper Chase’s chief executive, noting one reads “Majority” and another “Immigrant.” But her hope is that buyers can find a paper that fits their political personality. “We like the idea of radical neutrality,” Ms. Katz said.

Paperless Post is also aiming for neutral, though of the nonradical variety, with a new line of Write Your Rep postcards offered among its pastel baby shower invitations and thick-stock personal stationery. (Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has had a stake in Paperless Post via his brother’s venture capital firm, but is reportedly divesting himself of that and other assets.)

One card calls to mind the United States flag, with “Yes” in shadowed letters in the upper-left corner; a matching “No” card is available.

“Having both versions will really allow people to participate in political dialogue,” Catherine Chi, a content director at Paperless Post, said. “Also, prettiness and politeness can be a good way to bring forward a message to your local representative.”

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