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Letterhead and the City


As a retired Manhattan real estate broker and building owner, collecting images of New York buildings was almost second nature. I am attracted to the factories and headquarters portrayed on letterheads and billheads. I favor buildings that I can identify—especially if I had brokered the sale or leased premises there. Building images are readily available. I have viewed two collections at Columbia University’s Avery Library; both offer a large selection of Manhattan buildings. I wish to augment my collection of over three hundred images by including images of products that appear on old stationery of Manhattan companies, but have had difficultly finding sources. Products, as opposed to buildings, are not easy to find. I am willing to accept good copies, as well as originals. All leads are welcome.


  1. Mathieu Lommen 7 June, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I know this is not what you are looking for, but you should have a look at the catalogue below.
    An antiquarian copy will cost only a few dollars.
    Success with your search, Mathieu Lommen, Amsterdam

    / Apel, C.; Droge, K. Dortmund: Westfälisches Museumamt, 1982.

  2. Mathieu Lommen 8 June, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Sorry, correct title would be: Fabrik im Ornament : Ansichten auf Firmenbriefköpfen des 19. Jahrhunderts ; Ausstellung des Landschaftsverbandes Westfalen-Lippe, Westfälisches Museumsamt …/ Claus Apel; Bernard Korzus. Münster : Landschaftsverb. Westfalen-Lippe, Westfäl. Museumsamt, 1980.

  3. I am still looking for vintage (1830-1930) letterheads and bill heads of Manhattan based companies
    and organizations. Good copies are fine.

    Thanks Steve

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