Art at the Top of the Page in the 19th Century

I’m a big fan of 19th-century graphics, design and typography, particularly as they play out on business letterhead. Some time ago, we took a look at some pretty elaborate examples. Today, I wanted to have a look at some that are not as fancy, but equally as impressive. Many of the letters in the Crane archive are from companies wanting to sell something. Nothing new there. But unlike letterhead for so many of today’s manufacturers, these business people took great pride in showing off their products on their letterhead.

Let’s have a look at a few:

 

 
Check out the Douglas letterhead from 10 years prior
 
 
No belts below, but it’s irresistable!

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