The Art of 19th-Century Business Stationery

I came across a file I had cobbled together a few years ago from the Crane archives to demonstrate some of the fabulous corporate letterheads of the 19th century. In the archives, there are literally thousands of pieces of business correspondence to “Messrs. Crane & Co.,” and one can trace the development of the letterhead art form as the dates flash by.

Here are some of my favorite letterheads dating between 1869 and 1895:

 

And my most favorite:

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