Email is more convenient, but one thing it generally lacks in comparison to old-fashioned letter writing is personality. As evidence, take a gander at the stationery of movie stars and other celebrities, mostly pre-Internet. For about a year now, the blog Letterheady has been posting images of the blank papers of famous people, productions and companies, including those of Abraham Lincoln and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The latter is disappointingly minimal in its design in comparison to the colorful 'Up'-like design of Richard Simmons and the cartoon-filled stationery of Walt Disney and Charles M. Schultz. Groucho Marx's paper is also quite lacking when contrasted against his brother Harpo's, which is filled with ironic blurbs about him, as well as separate images of the man in real life, captioned "at home," and when he's "being funny."
Not all the letterheads are old. 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling is represented more recently with her stars and spiders and "By Owl Post"-stamped stationery. Pixar is in there too, with varitions on their logo depending on the production of the moment (one features Nemo in place of the lamp; another features the 'Incredibles' "i" logo).
Other very simple letterheads can be seen belonging to Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, Steven Spielberg, James Dean, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Charlie Chaplin (though his music publising company's has a lot going on), 'Return of the Jedi' and Kirk Douglas. Marlene Dietrich's is minimal but interesting for its ruled notebook style. American Zoetrope also uses lined paper. Jim Henson's at least makes you laugh at its literal "ha!" And does anyone know the significance of Steve McQueen's simple circle design?
You may have more appreciation for the elaborate and/or colorful images on stationery for Disney's 'The Jungle Book,' 'The Wonderful World of Color,' 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and 'Fantasia,' as well as both the production office for 'Star Wars' and the 'Star Wars'/Lucasfilm fan club, MGM's 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Ziegfeld Follies,' Monty Python, Hal Roach, Laurel and Hardy, Jean Harlow, Bruce Lee, Gene Autry and 'Ghost Busters' (two words, people).
The paper for Bo Derek's production company, Svengali, featured a nude drawing of her courtesy of artist Frank Frazetta. Finally, though this isn't directly movie-related, here is the stationery for the De Lorean Motor Company, sadly lacking the iconic car's image.
Browse through them all and let us know your favorites.
[via If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger...]