Modern Living: Arms and the Mail

"Good news," began the letter postmarked Bath, Ohio. "Did you know your family has an exclusive, particularly beautiful coat of arms?" Such news would not be much of a revelation to the Du Fonts, Lowells, Saltonstalls or other aristocratic U.S. families. But the Difatta family of Chicago was surprised to hear the news. So, too, was J.D. Johnson of Oxon Hill, Md., who puts an "R.Ph." (for "registered pharmacist") after his signature. His letter read: "Good news for the R-PH family..."

Letters such as these, mistakes and all, are being delivered to hundreds...

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