There's an old joke about using all the pig except the squeal. In this presentation we're actually using the squeal—the letterhead, not the letter.
Time was when signs of progress were smokestacks belching great plumes of smoke and soot. Many companies had fine engravings of their facilities or products created for their stationery. Whether for a manufacturer, hotel or department store, these often displayed tall smokestacks, lots of dreamy clouds and shiny Hupmobiles navigating the wide avenues around the always ideally-rendered establishments.
Here are just a few letterheads, culled from hundreds of letters in our archives, addressed to the mill or the railroad, dating from 1917 to 1940.