July 19, 2009

Vintage Letterhead Image Archive

To download images, first click on the desired image to display the image in the highest quality available, then simply right click on them and "Save Image As" whatever you'd like to label it.

I recommend printing these two to a page on letter sized paper, to produce two 5.5" x 8.5" sheets when cut.

Intellectual Property Disclaimer: I do not own any of the below images. I do my best only to post images which I believe were created prior to 1923, published without copyright notice, or were otherwise not in compliance with copyright registration and renewal requirements, placing them in the public domain. If you have information to the contrary, please contact me.

1. Hotel Mecca, Cleveland, Ohio. Originally dated 1920. Postcards printed with this image are now available for purchase at the Correspondence Shop.

2. Robot Salesmen Ltd., Liverpool, England. Original date unknown.

3. Paul's Choice Inks & Mucilage, Jersey City, New Jersey. Original produced during the 1890s. Scanned from an original by We Made This.

4. H.N. Heusner & Son, Inc., Hanover, Pennsylvania. Original production date unknown.

5. E.P. Cone Booksellers, Stationers and General News Dealer, Nashville, Tennessee. Originally printed during the 1890s.

6. Maison Orlhac, Paris France. Original dated 1928.

7. George Bateman & Son Limited Brewing Company. Original production date unkown. Scanned from the original by We Made This.

8. The Musicians' Protective Union, Port Townsend, Washington. Original production date unknown. Many thanks to Julie from Whatever for the great find!

9. The Caldwell Brothers Co. Machinery Merchants, Seattle, Washington. Originally dated Oct. 18, 1907.

10. LaFayette Brewery, Inc., LaFayette, Indiana. Original production date unknown.

11. The Smith Premier Typewriter Co., Syracuse, New York. Original production date circa 1899.

This is my collection of "refurbished" vintage letterheads. They are images that I found on vintage stationary around the web and cleaned up using GIMP digital imaging software. It was all free to me, so I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be free to you.

New images will be posted as the letterheads are featured on Everyday Correspondence. Make sure to bookmark this page, or better yet, subscribe to Everyday Correspondence, to get word when new images are added to the archive.

For more free vintage imagery, I recommend the following sites:

Just Something I Made (vintage images)

The Blah, Blah, Blahg (mailing labels/address boxes and vintage-esq images)

Tammy Tutterow (vintage images of paper goods, i.e. forms, book pages)

Letter Writers Alliance (printable V-Mail stationery download)

LetterHeady (great archive of original scan vintage letterheads)

I would also like to give a shout out to The Zoey Blog. Inspired by the Everyday Correspondence Vintage Letterhead Image Archive, the authors of the blog made their very own family letterhead, and it's stupendous.

Updated 03.10.12


Shelley Malone said...

Whoo hoooo! Thanks for sharing!

Succubus said...

V. cool. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Oh, I LOVE the Robot Salesmen letterhead :)

Thanks for sharing

dashreeve said...

Hey James, I finally printed some of this stuff on some Southworth parchment paper and it looks great! It seems there a couple missing. Do you have plans to put the cigar one (and I think there was one more). I wanted to use the cigar one to write my wife her daily love letter.

countrymummy said...

Have just posted on 'no telling' about my stationery addiction and here I am in typewriter heaven - I have two at the moment but struggle to get ribbons to fit them. I have a Royel Quiet De Luxe and a turquoise something or other. Am definitely coming back for a proper look and have followed to get your updates. Beautiful layout, by the way, too.

ThePantaloon.com said...

We like this. Let us know if you have any turn-of-the-century or early 1900s stuff from the New York City area. Thanks, Z


Julie aka Okami said...

These are so great - I'm printing them on Crane ivory colored paper and it looks awesome.

Cathe Holden said...

I would have thanked you much sooner had I known you linked to my site on your post! But THANK YOU! I found it on my blog tracker just now. I'm off to check out the rest of your incredible site!

James said...

Cathe, you're so welcome! Your blog is rich with imagery, just the kind of thing that I think my site visitors are interested in.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit!


spinalfusion said...

thank you so much for sharing. i just love a good handwritten letter, especially on some beautiful stationery! i appreciate the free download and plan to use it!
thanks again,
marsha spaniel

Peter said...

Great page!

SandbookNet said...

Really cute and interesting blog entry! Thank you for sharing!!!