Sure, email is a fast and easy way to communicate, but it doesn’t come close in style or coolness—not to mention in what it reveals about the author—as a well-designed letterhead. It’s nice to know that at Letterheady, a simple yet enthralling new Web site devoted to the stationery of the famous (and infamous) , there’s still an appreciation for the dying art form.
Recently launched by the creator of Letters of Note, Letterheady is a fast-growing collection of the finely designed, personalized letterhead from the desks of corporations, politicians, authors, musicians and more. Each one poignantly conveys a bit about its owner: Kurt Vonnegut’s name appears aside Manager on SAAB dealership stationery; Elvis’s notepad proudly announces that he’s TCB (Taking Care of Business); and Hitler lends his correspondence a subtle forcefulness by stamping an eagle, a swastika and DER FÜHRER atop the page. Click through and prepare for an intimate angle on the most interesting correspondents of the 20th century. By the end, you’ll agree: Gmail could use a few pointers.
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