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French letterhead paper from a cattle commerce company in 1910.

A letterhead is the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper (stationery). That heading usually consists of a name and an address, and a logo or corporate design, and sometimes a background pattern. The term "letterhead" is often used to refer to the whole sheet imprinted with such a heading.

Many companies and individuals prefer to create a letterhead template in a word processor or other software application. This generally includes the same information as pre-printed stationery but without the additional costs involved. Letterhead can then be printed on stationery (or plain paper) as needed on a local output device or sent electronically.

Production methods[edit]

Letterheads are generally printed by either the offset or letterpress methods.



The majority of company letterheads are printed A4 in size (210mm x 297mm). [1]


Letterhead size is typically 8.5x11 inches.


Certain pieces of information are required to be displayed by law for UK based limited companies. The company name must be included, the place of registration, the registered number and the address of the registered office.[citation needed]


Further reading[edit]

  • Wheeler, Alina. Designing Brand Identity, pp. 146–147.

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