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Old East End Letterheads & Receipts

September 8, 2022
by the gentle author

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It is my delight to publish this selection of local examples from Philip Mernick‘s astonishing ephemera collection of East End. Many are remarkable for the beauty of their typographic design as well as revealing the wide range of industry and commerce. 

The oldest slop shop in Wapping sold clothing for the slave trade. Click here to read about slave clothing

This advertisement was printed on a one million mark bank note from the German reich, giving it novelty value and also making a bold political statement to customers

All letterheads and receipts courtesy of Philip Mernick

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Steve Hanscomb permalink
    September 8, 2022

    Really lovely. The handwriting is equally beautiful in many cases, although I’d struggle to decipher much of them!

  2. Marcia Howard permalink
    September 8, 2022

    A diverse collection. Wonderful snippets of history.

  3. September 8, 2022

    Thank you for imparting so much wisdom today, plus adding the visual vitamins with these
    exceptional examples of typography. (my first thought was…….”Oh, to have such a letterhead!?” and then I realized that I do not even HAVE a letterhead any longer. Well, I’m showing my
    The extensive article about slave clothing/quilts was incredibly insightful and rich in historic detail.
    I will share it with my fellow textile devotees.
    Thank you, GA, for shining a light.

  4. Boudicca Fawkes permalink
    September 8, 2022

    Great story about Londinums past bravo hi to everyone in Londinum

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