Lately, I can't help but buy some U.S. letterheads and billheads. I have an affinity for billheads / letterheads / receipts from the 1870s. Here is a recent purchase for the Widdicomb Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids Michigan.
For 145 years, the Widdicomb name has been recognized in the furniture world. The
earliest Widdicomb company was organized in 1857, by George Widdicomb, a British trained
cabinet maker, employing 12 men, plus his four sons Harry, William, George Jr., and John.
Except during the Civil War, a Widdicomb furniture firm was run by the family until 1916. The
John Widdicomb Co. was founded in 1897 when John left the parent company to form his own
firm. Though he died in 1910, that firm continued under his name until the 1990’s, and
purchased the title of the original company in the 1970’s.