1. The earliest known monograms date back to the Greek and Roman era when coins featured the initials of rulers.
2. In the Middle Ages, monograms helped ID a family’s laundry, which was done village-wide.
3. The Victorian era was a high point for the art’s popularity; around 1860, the hobby of collecting monograms in scrapbooks began.
4. In the beloved sitcom Laverne & Shirley, title character Laverne DeFazio — played by Penny Marshall — wears sweaters and shirts all with a trademark cursive “L” monogram. It was Marshall’s idea, who thought it would help the audience remember her character’s name.
5. Elvis Presley’s monogram of choice wasn’t EAP for Elvis Aaron Presley but TCB, which stood for “Taking Care of Business.” He often paired those initials with a lightening bolt symbol. In other words, taking care of business… in a flash.
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