The other week I marvelled in the joy of the website Letters of Note. Today, I celebrate the stationary on which letters are written. Wonderfully brought to your screen by the site Letterheady. The site is an absolute treasure trove of stationary from some of the world’s most famous, and infamous, people.
One superb example of the genre is the business letterhead of Nikola Tesla – after whom the car company is named. The letterhead displays some of his Inventions, which are clockwise from top-left: Oscillation Transformer, Telautomaton (wireless, remote-controlled devices; pictured is a remotely-operated boat, showcased in 1898), Steam & Gas Turbine, Induction Motor. Centre: Wardenclyffe Tower (never completed).
Edison it seems was less inventive when it came to his stationary:
In the entertainment industry, image is everything. So it comes as little surprise to see some creative variations on a theme. In 1961 Disney took the Technicolor approach:
While this is a 1976 rendering of Star Wars before the famous logo was developed:
But, perhaps my favourite is from the desk of Harpo Marx, a testament to comedy on the page.
Would that email had as much character.
Good night and good luck.