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1897
Way & Williams 1897, Chauncey Williams (1895 - S.033). Signed Chauncy Williams. Letterhead and envelope for "Way & Williams Publishers, Caxton Building, Chicago. Cable Address: AuvergneChicago." Addressed to: "Mrs. Philip V. O. Van Vechten, Wausau, Wisconsin." "August 25th 97. My dear Mrs. Vau Vechten: Allow me to thank you for sending me the little book which arrived yesterday. The making of it reflects great credit on your ___ Philosopher Press and I hope you like the new type as much as I do. Since giving up my foolhardy ___ acquisition of rarities in books the only kind I now collect and treasure are the little books which ___ ___ personal associations and anything from the Philosopher Press has the most delightful kind of association to me. I really wish I could pull up my stakes and go up into the north where the air is sweet and ___ ___ up there. I am dead tired with no rest in sight. Very sincerely with regards to yourself ___ and ___ . Chauncey Williams. ___ ___ forgive this paper you must!" Philosopher Press (1896 to about 1912). Published books by authors like Elia W. Peattie, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Edward Fitzgerald. Helen Bruneau Van Vechten, her husband Peter Van Orden Van Vechten and William H. Ellis. Includes two sheets and one envelope. Postmarked Aug 25, 1897. Letterhead: 8.5 x 5.5. Envelope 6.5 x 3.7. 0022.45.1115
1903  Letterhd1903 2.jpg (2038 bytes) Frank Lloyd Wright Letterhead, 1903 - Forest And Chicago Avenues, Oak Park, Illinois, Telephone Oak Park Fifty Three.  Under the typed name of Frank Lloyd Wright, there are three initials that look to me like WBG.  Walter Burley Griffin was an integral part of the Wright Studio fro  1901 to 1905 (Prairie Style, Page 200). 1903.00.0700
C 1904  Larkin Co. Buffalo, N.Y. Envelope. Circa 1904-09. Back: "Old Customers are rewarded for recommending new customers. Have your friends write for our catalog." 1113 E. 27-53. [Place a Two Cent Stamp Here] 6 x 3.5. 0055.01.0809
C 1905
E-Z Polish Factory monogram 1905 (1905 - S.114). Copy of Martin & Martin Logo. Brendan Gill published a copy of the pre-1905 E-Z Polish letterhead, and the 1905 Frank Lloyd Wright designed letterhead that included this Martin & Martin monogram. Many Masks 1987, p.158. This also hung above the entryway in the form of a sign. 6.25 x 3.25 Color Photograph. 0058.26.0319
1910  Larkin Co. Envelope - (Printed by the Larkin Company, Buffalo, NY).  Post Marked 1910. Note: Graphic designs on cover taken from Wright's interior designs.  6.5 x 3.75. 0094.03.0706
1910  Larkin Co. Letterhead. Top Left: "John D. Larkin, Pres’t & Treas. Chas H Larkin, Vice Pres’t. Wm. R. Heath, Vice Pres’t. D.D. Martin, Secretary. John D. Larkin, Jr. Ass’t Treas. Harry H Larkin, Ass’t Treas." In Illustration: "Larkin, Seneca, Swan, Carroll, Exchange, Van Rensselaer Streets."  Top Right: "Factory to Family. Soapmakers, Perfumers, Chemists, Importers, Food Specialists."  Center: "Larkin Co., Established, 1875."  "Buffalo, N.Y 6/3/10." 8.5 x 10. 0104.05.0209
1917 

Larkin Co. Letterhead - 1917.  Letterhead stamped Jul 21 1917. Same basic illustration as Negative and Two Postcards (1908 & 1910). Printed code top right hand corner 514F.2061.  8.5 x 10.

0138.01.0305
1919  Handwritten Letter from Wright to Miriam Noel in 1919 while he was in Japan working on the Imperial Hotel. Written on The Ikao Hotel letterhead, Ikao, Japan. "–1919.  Miriam - dearest: I have gone to 'keep my eye off the other fellow'. It will a hard work for me! against my grain but I know how to concentrate and to hope..." See balance of letter. Published in Autograph Collector, July 1999, page 31, and "was offered by Seaport Autographs for $4,250 in 1990." Robert Edwards Auctions reported that in 2005 it sold for $2,900. 7.5 x 10.25. High res digital image. 0141.03.0709
Circa 1919 Letterhead. The City Trust & Savings Bank, Mason City, Iowa. Circa 1919. W. V. Escher, President. Hugh M. Gilmore, Vice President. Ralph Lloyd Jones, Cashier. Printed over in a thick black line (J. F. Shaible, President. F. H. Cotton, Vice President). Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned in 1909 by attorneys, James E. E. Markley and James E. Blythe to design a building for their bank. Records indicate that City Trust & Savings Bank was established in 1917, and that in 1919, W. V. Escher was President, H. M. Gilmore was V.P. James Blythe was a Director of the Bank. Of interest is the illustration. It shows the older original building to the left, that was there when the City National Bank Building was built. "City Trust and Savings Bank" can be seen above the entrance. But it does not show the Park Inn to the right. The "Journal of the American Bankers Association" July 1918 - June 1919, indicates that W. V. Escher was elected president City National Bank succeeding James E. Blythe, and J. A. Parden was appointed cashier succeeding J. F. Shaible. W. V. Escher was also elected president of the City Trust and Savings Bank succeeding J. F. Shaible. With the Farm Crisis in the early 1920s, banks failed all across the state of Iowa. City National Bank was among those forced into bankruptcy, resulting in the sale of the bank and its conversion into retail and office space. In 1926, the building was purchased by A. A. Adams, and renamed the Weir Building. Printed on a warm gray stock with the watermark "Commerce Bond". Two sheets. 10.9 x 8.4. 0141.06.0413 0141.07.0413
Circa 1920 Letterhead. The City National Bank & The City Trust & Savings Bank, Mason City, Iowa. Circa 1920. E. G.. Dunn, President. Hugh M. Gilmore and J. A. Parden, Vice President. R. P. Palmer, Cashier. C. E. Brooks, L. W. Sherman, and C. I. Snyder, Assistant Cashiers. Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned in 1909 by attorneys, James E. E. Markley and James E. Blythe to design a building for their bank. Records indicate that City Trust & Savings Bank was established in 1917. Dunn was listed as President of City National Bank in 1920. "Trust Companies of the US" indicates the R. P. Palmer was President of City Trust & Savings in 1920, and Dunn, Palmer, Blythe and Parden as Directors. Of interest is the illustration. It shows the newer building to the left, that was built later than the City National Bank Building. It shows the Park Inn to the right. With the Farm Crisis in the early 1920s, banks failed all across the state of Iowa. City National Bank was among those forced into bankruptcy, resulting in the sale of the bank and its conversion into retail and office space. In 1926, the building was purchased by A. A. Adams, and renamed the Weir Building. Printed on a warm beige stock with the watermark "Cranes Japanese Linen". One sheet. 11 x 8.4. 0142.09.0413
1928
Frank L. Smith, 1928 (1905 - S.111). Campaign letter from Frank L. Smith, prior to Special Election primary, April 2, 1926. "Fellow Republicans: After almost thirty-five years of service in the ranks of the workers of the Republican party as a precinct committeeman, and twenty-four years of service as a member of the Republican State Central Committee (of which I was three times chairman), I was nominated as our party’s candidate for United States Senator two years ago..." Signed "Frank L. Smith." In 1926 Smith ran for U.S. Senate and won the general election by 67,000 votes. (See Biography) On December 7, 1926, the sitting Senator, McKinley passed away, just months before his term ended on March 3, 1927. The Governor appointed Smith to fill McKinley’s vacancy, but the U.S. Senate denied his appointment. On March 4, 1927, even though elected, the Senate again refused to seat him. On February 9, 1928, Smith abandoned his effort to take his seat and resigned even though he and the Governor considered him to be the rightful senator. A special election was called to fill the vacated Senate seat, and Smith reran in the special election Primary which took place on April 10, 1928. This letter, dated April 2, 1928 was mailed one week before the primary. Smith was defeated in the primary by Otis F. Glenn, who went on to win the general election. Original 8.5 x 11 single sided letter. 0215.18.1216
Circa 1930    IH LetHead 2.jpg (5977 bytes) Imperial Hotel Letterhead 1930.00.0400
1934
Letter to William Dicus Bayley from Taliesin Fellowship. (Printed on Taliesin Fellowship letterhead. The design for the letterhead consisted of a horizontal line extending one-half inch past the fold. Two square dots, one past the end of the horizontal line, and one equally spaced below the end of it. Centered on the fold below is the Taliesin Fellowship logo, a variation of Frank Lloyd Wright red square. All printed in red. The logo was used throughout the first two prospectuses (S#2035 & 2036.) Printed on beige stock with the "Strathmore Envoy" watermark.)
Text of letter: "W.D. Bailey: 234 E. Cassilly Street: Springfield: Ohio (Typed in Red). Dear Mr. Bailey: In case the notice concerning subscription to Taliesin's new monograph should not have reached you -- here is another: hoping you will yourself subscribe and perhaps interest a friend to fill out the first one we sent to you -- in case you still have it. Sincerely yours, the Taliesin Fellowship. Taliesin (Red). Spring Green: Wisconsin. April 16 (1934)." In 1932, Frank Lloyd Wright formed the Taliesin Fellowship with twenty-three apprentices who came to live, learn and work at Taliesin, in Spring Green. Bayley’s father, William Bayley, moved to Springfield in 1875 and was a prominent and influential figure in the civic and... Continue...
2037.01.0618
1934
Announcement. Taliesin Announces plans to publish the monograph "Taliesin" tri-weekly, seventeen times a year. (Published by The Taliesin Fellowship. Printed on the same stock and ink (red and black) as the prospectus "The Taliesin Fellowship," 1933 (S#2036). Text of announcement included in letter to Bayley: "Taliesin is planning to issue a characteristic monogram in text and pictures portraying the work and ideals of the Taliesin Fellowship. The publication will be somewhat in the format of this prospectus, doubled in content and will be mailed tri-weekly to subscribers. Seventeen numbers will make the yearly volume. Subscription five dollars per year. The work will be edited to present a specific view of the working out of the principles enunciated in this perspective. Each number will contain detailed plans, abstract designs and models of the work executed in the nature of materials in accord with those principles together with current news of events in the life of the Fellowship. Editorial matter related to the various arts and to social economics will appear from time to time. The first number will issue May 15, 1934. We hope that you are sufficiently interested in our work to become a subscriber to TALIESIN. By mailing a check for five dollars payable to Frank Lloyd Wright you will receive the magazine in due course. The monograph;;;  Continue... 2037.02.0618
2037.03.0618
1934
Notice. Notice related to the plans for publish the Taliesin Monograph. (Published by The Taliesin Fellowship. Printed on tissue paper.) Text of notice included in letter to Bayley: "Due to an unfortunate delay in printing, this announcement was not enclosed in the prospectus sent to you. Would you kindly send to us the names of any friends of yours who you think might be interested in subscribing to the monograph TALIESIN. We will be glad to send the prospectus to them with subscription blank enclosed. 8.5 x 2.75. 2037.04.0618
C 1942-43
Taliesin Spring Green Letterhead Circa 1942-43. Stylized red square with vertical text: "Taliesin - Spring Green Wisconsin." Watermark: "Permanized Redemption Bond Rag Content." See Building The Pauson House, Green, 2011, p.34, 36, 48-49, 54, 68, 72-73, 77, 79, 1939-1941 for letterheads similar to this style. Similar to sample dated June 18, 1939, see Building The Pauson House, Green, 2011, p.21, 22, 24, 27, 31. Similar to Taliesin West letterhead dated April 16, 1942. Also similar to letter dated January 2nd, 1943, with a solid red square. Both additional samples include the watermark: "Permanized Redemption Bond Rag Content." Acquired from the estate of David Henken. David Henken was a Taliesin apprentice from 1942 and 1943. David and his wife Priscilla Henken arrived at Taliesin on October 1, 1942, and according to Taliesin Diary, A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright, Henkin, 2012, stayed there one year. Possibly acquired when Henken was an apprentice at Taliesin from 1942-43. Horizontal letterhead 11 x 8.5. 0593.18.0818
C 1942-43
Taliesin Spring Green Envelope Circa 1942-43. Vertical Envelope with partial solid red square and text: "Taliesin Spring Green Wisconsin. Contents: Printer’s Proof. This package may be opened for Postal Inspection if necessary." Acquired from the estate of David Henken. David Henken was a Taliesin apprentice from 1942 and 1943. David and his wife Priscilla Henken arrived at Taliesin on October 1, 1942, and according to Taliesin Diary, A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright, Henkin, 2012, stayed there one year. Possibly acquired when Henken was an apprentice at Taliesin from 1942-43. Vertical Envelope 9 x 12. 0593.19.0818
1955
Letter From Eugene Masselink, Taliesin West. Signed typed letter on Taliesin West stationary from Eugene Masselink to Diana Faidy wife of Chicago Art Deco architect Abel Faidy. "Dear Mrs. Faidy : This is only a note to say that your letter is awaiting Mrs. Wright's return from New York where she has been with Mr. Wright for the past 10 days. We expect them both here in a few days. With best wishes - Sincerely, Eugene Masselink (Sighed), Eugene Masselink. March 22nd, 1955." From August 1954 through January 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright lived and remodeled a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on the South end of Central Park, where he coordinated the completion of one of his greatest works, The Guggenheim Museum. Eugene Masselink (1910-1962) was born in South Africa but his family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Masselink came to the Taliesin Fellowship in Spring Green, Wisconsin in 1933 as a charter member, and never left. He passed away in 1962 after suffering a heart attach. Envelope addressed to Mrs. Diane Hurbert Faidy. Single sheet, twice folded, 8.5" by 11". Envelope: 9.5 x 4.2. 1092.108.0618
1956
Frank Lloyd Wright Day Letterhead. "The Frank Lloyd Wright Day, 29 South La Salle Street, Chicago 3, Illinois." Red text. The front is printed in red (raised) ink, embossed and gilt or gold ink. Red text and red square is printed in a precise red raised ink. The four squares are embossed (raised) then printed in gilt or gold ink. The gold square border is the same process as the small gold squares. The back has eight small gold squares, embossed and printed in gilt or gold ink. The fold is scored. It is designed for the left two inches of the page to be folded over to complete the design. Printed on watermarked beige paper, "Lakeside Bond, Cockle Finish, Cotton Fibre Content." Note, text matches text on envelope. Acquired from the estate of Cary Caraway. 10 x 8.5 folds to 8 x 8.5. Eleven sheets. 1147.75.0117
1956  Hotel Geneva Business Card, Circa 1956. "Hotel Geneva. Allen C. Hermansen. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin." 2 x 3.5. 1147.12.0409
1956  Monona Terrace Committee Letter  (Published by Citizens for Monona Terrace Committee)  “Because you have been a visitor... or in some other way have shown your interest in Wright architecture, we are sending you the enclosed brochure.  In it Mr. Wright describes the Monona Terrace Project for our Capital City.”  Dated April 23rd, 1956.  Citizens for Monona Terrace Committee, Helen Groves; Mary Lescohier.  Includes photograph of Model.  8.5 x 11.  Pp 1 1147.08.0307
1957
Frank Lloyd Wright copy of letter, 1957. Taliesin West. "Mr. Al Krescanko, Photographer, S. C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Racine. Dear Mr. Krescanko: Mr. Wright was very pleased with the pictures you sent and we have returned those you suggested – I am sorry for the liberal application of ink - some intentional and some accidental. Sincerely, Eugene Masselink, Secretary to Frank Lloyd Wright. December 18, 1957." The set included two photographs and a copy of this letter from Eugene Masselink to Al Krescanko. 11 x 8.5 1205.82.0817
1957  Imperial Hotel Letterhead.  Part of a package which included Brochure, Price list, 11 Letterhead plus a few other items.  Rice paper. 11 x 6.75 folded to 5.5 x 6.75. 1957.02.0105
1967
Correspondence: Invitation from Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to celebrate birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. "Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship request the honor of your presence at the traditional memorial dinner on the birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright to be given this year at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. June 8, 1967. RSVP Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona. 7:00 PM Black Tie." Envelope addressed to Mr. And Mrs. Cary Caraway. Also includes smaller return envelope. Acquired from the Cary Caraway estate. Invitation: folded to 5.3 x 4.2. Envelope: 5.6 x 4.4. 1720.47.0219
1968
Correspondence: Invitation from Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to celebrate birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. "Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship request the honor of your presence at the traditional memorial dinner on the birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright to be given this year at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. June 8, 1968. RSVP Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona. 7:00 PM Black Tie." Envelope addressed to Mr. And Mrs. Cary Caraway. Acquired from the Cary Caraway estate. Invitation: folded to 5.3 x 4.2. Envelope: 5.6 x 4.4. 1757.24.0219
C 1968
Undated typed and hand written thank you note from Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to Frances and Cary Caraway. "Dear Frances and Cary, It was very nice of you to send the delicious homemade cookies. I shared them with the fellowship at our New Year's Eve party. I hope your winter has not been too hard, and that we shall see you happy and gay as usual. Love Olgivanna Lloyd Wright." Acquired from the Cary Caraway estate. Note: 4 x 6, folded to 4 x 3. 1757.25.0219
1982
Letter announcing the publication of "Frank Lloyd Wright, Select Drawings Portfolio Vol. 3." "We are writing because you requested to be notified about Taliesin publication. The three Frank Lloyd Wright portfolios published by A.D.A. Edita Tokyo are now being sold by rare book dealers..." Signed by Richard Carney. 11 x 8.5.
1982.53.0517
1983 
Typed and hand written thank you note from Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to Frances and Cary Caraway. "January 10, 1983. Dear Frances and Cary, Thank you for the fragrant, fresh, delicious Wisconsin apples. I forgot how the real apples taste. With love, Mrs. Wright." Note: hand writing does not appear as smooth as in the past. Acquired from the Cary Caraway estate. Invitation: folded to 5.5 x 4.25. 1983.49.0219
1984 
Typed and hand written thank you note from Olgivanna Lloyd Wright to Frances and Cary Caraway. "January 18, 1984. Dear Frances and Cary, Bigelow cheese has always been a favorite of mine, and it was very nice to have it again. I shared it with the Fellowship at our New Year's Eve party as a special treat. Love Mrs. Wright." Note: hand writing does not appear as smooth as in the past. Acquired from the Cary Caraway estate. Invitation: folded to 5.5 x 4.25. Envelope: 5.6 x 4.4. 1984.54.0219
1985  Wright Envelope from Thailand.  Addresses to Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright.  Thailand dated 27-12-2519. 1985.08.0302
     
     
     
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1980
Robie House Notes (7) 10.5 x 7.5" & Labels (8) .75 x 2" (Produced by the Women’s Architectural League - Chicago) 1930.00.0700
1997
Letterhead - Frank Lloyd Wright Liberty Cover - Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - Box of 40 Printed Sheets, 20 Envelopes 1997.13.1201
2000 Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin.  Note Cards.  (Produced by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. Rohnert Park, CA, #583)  Sixteen assorted cards (4 each of 4 styles) with envelopes in a decorative box.  Photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin III, Spring Green, Wisconsin, by Roger Straus III.  Original boxed set $15.95.  Individual card price $3.75 Canadian.  9.25 x 4. 2000.31.1106
2011
Taliesin in Winter. A Holiday Card Assortment. (Produced by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., Petaluma, CA, #864.) "Taliesin -- Frank Lloyd Wright's home, school, studio, and self-sufficient farm -- occupies land once farmed by his mother’s family... At Taliesin, the buildings and the gardens, orchards, and fields make up the total landscape design, and they fit as smoothly into the natural terrain as if they had grown there. Wright made subtle but profound changes to the land on which he built his masterpiece, shaping it to echo his buildings’ lines in perfect harmony..." Twenty assorted holiday cards (5 each of 4 styles) with envelopes in a decorative box. Photographs of: A) Romeo and Juliet Windmill tower, Taliesin; B) Taliesin in Frosty Winter Sun; C) Midway in Winter, Taliesin; D) Taliesin, Winter Sun, by Lance Bell. 7.5 x 5.5. Original boxed set $15.00. 2011.14.1215
     
     
     

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