You’ll never receive a letter from Andy Warhol, Ray Charles, Albert Einstein or Harry Houdini, but you can still get a peek at what their letterhead looks like – and the designs can be quite revealing. These 17 letterhead designers from architects, musicians, artists, performers, inventors and other public figures range from the humble and minimalistic to the boastful and colorful. See lots more at Letterheady.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Would you expect anything less from Frank Lloyd Wright? In 1946, this is what you would have seen when receiving a letter from the famous architect.
Suitably artistic but perhaps more subdued and tasteful than you’d expect, Andy Warhol’s undated stationery gives typography center stage in soothing tones of blue and green.
Ray Charles’ musical letterhead is perfection, period. The star was still using this letterhead in 1990.
Even without the text, there’d be no mistaking this letterhead, dated 1943.
Yep, Einstein didn’t mess around, getting straight to the point with nothing but his name and ‘Caputh bei Potsdam’, which is the German town where Einstein lived from 1929 to 1932.
Johnny Cash – or at least his office – kept the whole ‘bad country boy’ image alive on this letterhead design with a print of a desk, a guitar and a target pierced by three die-cut bullet holes.
Batman creator Bob Kane perfectly captured the 60′s era vibe of the characters with this awesome undated letterhead.
Sent in 1984 featuring a message about the infamous parental advisory stickers that he so opposed, this letterhead captures a bold graphic typeface spelling out Frank Zappa’s name. The full letter, which can be seen at Letters of Note, ends with the sentence “Don’t bend over for the wives of big brother”, referring to the ‘Washington Wives’ committee responsible for the stickers, including Tipper Gore.
A lucky fan got a letter from David Bowie in 1974, and now it’s in the seemingly endless Hard Rock collection of celebrity memorabilia.
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Correspond with notorious murderer Charles Manson in prison, and you might just get this totally terrifying letterhead in the mail, which features a print of his instantly recognizable eyes, as well as a goat in a crown of thorns and ‘ATWA‘. The latter stands for Air, Trees, Water and Animals and represents Manson’s ‘ecological mandate’.
In 1959, singer Leonard Cohen’s letterhead featured nothing but his hand-written surname.
Church of Scientology
Is this the ugliest letterhead ever? Maybe it doesn’t take the cake, but the Church of Scientology of California’s 1976 blue monstrosity is definitely a contender, leaving a tiny amorphous spot of white in which to actually type a message.