Take It From the Top

Before Web pages and social media sites, before television, in the early years of radio as a mass communications medium, businesses promoted themselves through other means of advertising, including eye-catching designs on their office stationery.

In the first half of the 20th century, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, office letterhead meant more than just a business name and address. Colorful artwork, detailed drawings, and inspiring slogans adorned much of the office stationery of the time, providing not only information and some humor, but also a glimpse of how we viewed ourselves, our work, our environment, and each other.

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