Macro photography of a selection of letterhead details

Letterhead macros horiz layout 3 940 pixels wide

The  macro photography below reveals the beautiful characteristics of paper and ink from selected items.  Photography by Anthony McLean (for those wishing to contact Anthony, see “Contact” tab above right).

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-Art Directors Club of New York-detail 2-3_0 6

-Art Directors Club of New York-detail 2-3_0 6

-Century Letter Company Inc-detail-2-5_0 3

-Century Letter Company Inc-detail-2-5_0 3

-Colorcraft Lithographers Inc-detail 3-11B_0 16

-Colorcraft Lithographers Inc-detail 3-11B_0 16

-Colorcraft Lithographers Inc-detail 4-11B_0 16

-Colorcraft Lithographers Inc-detail 4-11B_0 16

-Ford Motor Company-detail-2-13A_0 11

-Ford Motor Company-detail-2-13A_0 11

-Frank Mayer and Associates Inc-detail 2-10_0 30

-Frank Mayer and Associates Inc-detail 2-10_0 30

-Frank Mayer and Associates Inc-detail 3-10_0 30

-Frank Mayer and Associates Inc-detail 3-10_0 30

-Mad-detail 2-1_0 1

-Mad-detail 2-1_0 1

-Ovid Neal Inc-detail 2-4_0 36

-Ovid Neal Inc-detail 2-4_0 36

-Ovid Neal Inc-detail 3-4_0 36

-Ovid Neal Inc-detail 3-4_0 36

-Pepsi-Cola-detail-2-2_0 2

-Pepsi-Cola-detail-2-2_0 2

-Pepsi-Cola-detail-3-2_0 2

-Pepsi-Cola-detail-3-2_0 2

-Russ Coventry Advertising Art-detail 2-10_0 7

-Russ Coventry Advertising Art-detail 2-10_0 7

-The American Crayon Company-3-detail-1_0 0

-The American Crayon Company-3-detail-1_0 0

-Underwood Corporation-detail 2-4_0 7

-Underwood Corporation-detail 2-4_0 7

-Wald Baumstein personnel Agency-detail 2-5_0 0

-Wald Baumstein personnel Agency-detail 2-5_0 0

Beall_Lester-Lester Beall Inc-3-detail-4_0 5

Beall_Lester-Lester Beall Inc-3-detail-4_0 5

Boston and Boston-detail 2-4_0 13

Boston and Boston-detail 2-4_0 13

Gee_Peter-Peter Gee Graphic Design-detail 2-6_0

Gee_Peter-Peter Gee Graphic Design-detail 2-6_0

Goldsholl and Associates-Mossberg and Company Inc-detail 2-5_0 13

Goldsholl and Associates-Mossberg and Company Inc-detail 2-5_0 13

Goldsholl and Associates-Mossberg and Company Inc-detail 3-5_0 13

Goldsholl and Associates-Mossberg and Company Inc-detail 3-5_0 13

Graphic Directions Inc-detail 3-10_0 24

Graphic Directions Inc-detail 3-10_0 24

Graphic Directions Inc-detail 4-10_0 24

Graphic Directions Inc-detail 4-10_0 24

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 2-4_0 25

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 2-4_0 25

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 3-4_0 25

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 3-4_0 25

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 4-4_0 25

Kamifuji_Tom-H Tom Kamifuji and Assoc-detail 4-4_0 25

Lubalin_Herb-Sudler and Hennessey Inc-detail 2-4_01

Lubalin_Herb-Sudler and Hennessey Inc-detail 2-4_01

Mel Richman Inc-detail-2-10_0 41

Mel Richman Inc-detail-2-10_0 41

Pease Icardi-detail 2-4_0 39

Pease Icardi-detail 2-4_0 39

Rand_Paul_Paul Rand Inc-detail 2-4_0 3

Rand_Paul_Paul Rand Inc-detail 2-4_0 3

Rand_Paul-Westinghouse In-detail-2-4_0 9

Rand_Paul-Westinghouse In-detail-2-4_0 9

Reese and Tomases-detail 2-4_0 42

Reese and Tomases-detail 2-4_0 42

Reese and Tomases-detail 3-4_0 42

Reese and Tomases-detail 3-4_0 42

Ruffins Taback Inc-New Vision display-detail 2-4_0 38

Ruffins Taback Inc-New Vision display-detail 2-4_0 38

Stephan Lion Inc-detail 3-10_0 25

Stephan Lion Inc-detail 3-10_0 25

Sutnar_Ladislav-Sutnar Office-detail 2-4_0 0

Sutnar_Ladislav-Sutnar Office-detail 2-4_0 0

Wheeler_Zona-Third Dimension Studio-detail 2-10_0 72

Wheeler_Zona-Third Dimension Studio-detail 2-10_0 72

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9 thoughts on “Macro photography of a selection of letterhead details

    • Thanks Laura for your comment. It’s rewarding to get feedback from someone who has a great appreciation for the art of typography. The opening for this show is coming up in less than two weeks and I think people will enjoy seeing the original items on display. Feel free to pass the word about this site on to others who you feel may enjoy the content.

  1. Mr. Mulvey – this is such a treasure for creatives and lovers of graphic (and print) design everywhere. What a fantastic collection and time capsule. Absolutely remarkable and thank you so much for posting them. I hope the show goes well.

    • Hi Bryan, thanks for your appreciative words. When I discovered these cover letters in an unmarked box, I knew I had to do something. In this world, there are far too many instances of creative efforts that go largely unseen. Although I had a glimmer of the large amount of work entailed in organizing and presenting this collection, it just had to be done and shared and I’ve loved every minute of the process. Other people joined the effort, including George Vaitkunas who wrote a historical perspective on the collection and dreamed up the title of the exhibition, and Catherine Moleski who worked on the graphic design of the catalogue, poster and invitation. After the exhibition opens on August 22, I’ll post photos of the show.

  2. I really love these collections. Wish I could be at the exhibition, but I live in West Africa.
    I would love to see the photos of the show.
    Good job Frank.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Adegoke. I’ll include some good photo documentation of the show in the exhibition post in a couple of weeks. The installation is in progress and it’s already looking quite elegant.

      I have never been to Africa, but perhaps one day. My brother Carl has travelled to Malawi, and has designed a medical clinic which is currently being constructed there. Take care!

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