Various publishers, circa 1884-1925. Collection of 86 publisher's sample letterhead sheets (including one duplicate), most measuring 10.5 x 8.25 inches, including examples printed on Crane Linen, Genesee Linen, Eastern Systems Bond, Old Deerfield Bond, Old Deerfield Laid, Brookdale Linen Bond, Woronoco Bond, Hammermill Bond, and Atlantic Bond. Light general wear and creasing, a few examples lightly foxed or soiled, corners of two sheets clipped. Housed in a custom box.
Collection of publisher's sample letterhead sheets, representing a wide range of American businesses, from local doctors in private practice to iconic national firms: Montgomery Ward, Smith & Wesson, Cadillac, Gillette. Highlights include the almost three-dimensional antiphlogistine package on the letterhead of Denver Chemical; the stark design of the American Pulverizer Company (“it crushes everything”), the stylized pink and blue graphics of New York City's Elegances Parisiennes, and the bright yellow stationery of The National Hay Association, bearing its haystack logo. The earliest dated sample, a sheet of letterhead from the Associated Press Correspondence Bureau, is watermarked 1884; the latest is a sheet produced in two-color lithography for the Town Committee of Lexington, Massachusetts, marking the “One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington” in 1925. The collection provides a practical survey of modern industrial printing processes, offering examples of letterpress, steel engraving, photogravure, steel die stamping (in colors and gilt), and offset lithography. A fascinating resource.