I've gone back and edited a brief reference to typed correspondence in the post about summer mail. That post was supposed to deal with good old fashioned newsy letters to close friends and relatives, not proper thank-you notes. It probably goes without saying that handwriting is preferable for all forms of social correspondence. I think the Vogue editors were trying to make the point that graciousness is first and foremost about consideration for others. Perhaps your 93-year-old grandmother can no longer read your handwriting; maybe you have a broken hand (or more serious physical challenge). So there are instances when simply writing (whether with a pen or by pecking away with one finger at a key board) is more important than form.
The calligraphy above was done by Betty Gilpin of Nashville, Tennessee as seen on Belle Decor. The waxed banana leaf envelope is available at Soolip.
This post generated some talk of calligraphy, so I though you might enjoy exploring Maybelle's lovely site. Born on Guam and raised in Hawaii, Maybelle has collaborated with Chronicle Books on The Perfect Note: Tools, Tips & Inspiration for Keeping in Touch. Photo credit above: Lisa Lefkowitz.