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Legendary Letterheads, Reimagined

Bespoke stationery may be considered a luxury these days, but back before correspondence was as simple as composing an email or articulately Emoji'd text message, it was de rigeur. That begs the question: what did the letterheads for the big swinging Ds of their day look like? Well, the creative crew at MOO printing company are on the case; they've graciously reimagined modern stationery sets for all manner of historical figures. These are a few of our favorites.

Ben Franklin - Clever marketing with all his inventions on the backside of the cards, but wonder where he'd stash the special ones printed with "You Now Have Syphilis." 

William Shakespeare - Praise be to the lack of iambic pentameter here.

Albert Einstein - Simple and to the point. This guy was never one to fuss around with appearance, though. Seriously, have you seen his hair?

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Bold, simple, strong, and perfect.

Vincent Van Gogh - A classy color palette, with a nod to one of his most iconic works, but not nearly as bleak or bloody as you'd expect.

Ian Fleming - Serious question: does it self-destruct?

Henry the Eighth - Never a bad idea to list out your skills up front: "Composer, Jousting Champion, Author, Poet, Lutenist, Lover, Renaissance Man, Polymath." Also, points for editing out the bad stuff you're also good at, i.e., "Getting Wives Beheaded."

Winston Churchill - Another serious question: can you smoke it?

Roald Dahl - Just like his stories, this gives off a slightly sinister vibe and appeals to children, all at the same time.

Ernest Hemingway - Okay, so this conveys "masculinity" quite well. However, where the booze at? Glaring error.

Charles Darwin - Hey creationists, can your business cards be pieced together to create wacky hybrid creatures? No? Alright then, sit down.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. If he had to pick, he'd use Hemingway's.