Journal article

Paper ambassadors: letterheads and the iconography of urban modernity

AJ MAY, S Banham, C Eid

Provenance: The journal of Public Record Office Victoria | Public Record Office Victoria | Published : 2014

Abstract

The decorative letterhead as an ephemeral visual source is part of the minutiae of daily institutional correspondence from which the historian can draw a clear sense of the interchanges of information and the vectors of knowledge crisscrossing city, continent and globe. This article will focus on a sample of letterheads contained within City of Melbourne records held at Public Record Office Victoria and consider the ways in which letterhead design and symbolism reveal the concerns of its citizens, display the material culture of the city, and legitimate certain ideologies.