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French letterhead paper from a cattle commerce company in 1910
Letterhead of the Wood Industry Huber of Bozen-Bolzano, 1918

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.



In most countries outside North America, company letterheads are printed A4 in size (210 mm x 297 mm). [1]


Letterhead size is typically 8.5 x 11 inches.

Legal Implications[edit]

Despite the fact that modern technology makes letterheads very easy to imitate, they continue to be used as evidence of authenticity.[1][2]



  1. ^ Evidence and the Advocate: A Contextual Approach to Learning Evidence, Christopher W. Behan. LexisNexis, 2014. ISBN 0327175044, 9780327175049
  2. ^ Federal Evidence Review, Editor's blog, 2009. http://federalevidence.com/blog/2009/august/documents-produced-discovery-were-“authentic-se”-during-summary-judgment-proceeding

Further reading[edit]

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

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