1900-1997: Famous Letterheads

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19 Responses

  1. Brian

    It’s worth pointing out that the Star Trek letterhead is from the production of the first movie, not the TV show, so it would more properly be dated c.1979-80 rather than 1968.

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  2. Brian Gonigal

    There’s obviously a mistake with the one for Star Trek: The Motion Picture being listed as from 1968. Even if it’s possible that Roddenbery was trying to make a Star Trek movie happen back then (which I’ve never heard anything to suggest) the depiction of the illustration of the Enterprise is clearly the one from the 1979 movie.

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  3. Doogie2K

    I was also going to chime in on the Star Trek one. I’d assume that’s 1978, not 1968, since the original series was still on in 1968, whereas the movie was well into production by 1978.

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  4. Anna

    These are so so cool. I wish I had copies to use as my own stationery!

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  5. Doug

    A side note: I notice the Converse Shoe l/h belonged to a Mr Paterson, “Receiver” for Converse. Probably that’s Accounts Receivable, not receiver in bankruptcy.
    Some, like Houdini, needed only a name, or an initial, like D-for-Diana, or a title, like Der Fuehrer. But “Elizabeth Burton” stopped me for a second.
    These old eyes ain’t what they were. Can anyone read what Bowie had to say to his fan?

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    • biopunk

      Dear John,

      Thank you for your letter.

      Please forgive the amount of time that has elapsed since I received it but as you know I am either on the road performing or in the studio recording singles and albums and until I sit down with a stack of fan mail every two or three weeks, I don’t realize how much has accumulated.

      At the moment I am finishing my new album and I hope you are enjoying “Rebel Rebel”, which will be included in the album.
      I am mad on it. Hope you are.

      I want you to all know and tell your matesthat the mail I’ve been receiving about performing live again is starting to get to me. I can’t promise but I think you lot will lure me back!

      You know it is your letters and cards and applause after each show which makes me able to carry on and devise new ideas and schemes to entertain you and make me happy. DON’T EVER STOP!

      Love on ya!

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  6. Miss Romwell

    The Bowie letter reads as follows:

    Dear John,
    Please forgive the amount of time that has elapsed since I received it but as you know I am either on the road performing or in the studio recording singles and albums and until I sit down with a big stack of fanmail every two or three weeks, I don’t realise how much has accumulated.

    At the moment I am finishing my new album and I hope you are enjoying ”Rebel Rebel’ which will be included on the album. I’m mad on it. I hope you are too.

    I want you to all know and to tell your mates that that the mail I’ve been receiving about performing live again is starting to get to me. I can’t promise but I think you lot will lure me back!

    You know it is your letters cards and applause after each show which makes me able to carry on coming up with new ideas and schemes to entertain you and make me happy. DON’T EVER STOP!

    Love on ya!
    Bowie

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  7. nyssa

    I’d heard some Star Wars trivia that the working title for “Return of the Jedi” was originally “Revenge of the Jedi,” but that Lucas decided to change it since revenge was not an appropriate concept for a Jedi. Cool to see in print!

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  8. James

    I’m confused by the one form 1959 that’s blank, with just the handwritten name “Cohen” in the upper right corner…

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    • James

      Interesting idea, but I doubt it. I just looked up his dates on Wikipedia, he was a 25-year-old unsuccessful writer then he didn’t even start recording music until 1967. Also odd is that it’s not letterhead, just a blank piece of paper with a last name handwritten in the corner. Very mysterious:)

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  9. CF

    Whose letter is it ? the year 1946 one …with geometric paterns…is that Frank Lloyd Wright ?

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