Zoo Letterhead – International Mid-Century Modern Edition

Letterhead-InternationalZoos-002-BirdlandIn the 20th Century, before the internet became ubiquitous, an organization’s written correspondence was one of its primary points of contact with its partners, suppliers, and the public.  Accordingly, stationery became an important medium for graphic design.  The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives contains numerous pieces of correspondence with striking, beautiful, or amusing examples of letterhead design.

This post is the first in an ongoing series showcasing some of the more interesting examples; it features letterhead from international zoos from 1951 to 1971.   Future posts in the series will include letterhead from U.S. zoos and aquaria, letterhead from the Wildlife Conservation Society / New York Zoological Society and its affiliated institutions (1930s-present), and letterhead from non-zoo organizations and companies.

Edit: Also see the second (and future) posts in this series by visiting the ‘letterhead’ tag.

  1. Assiniboine Park Zoo 
    Assiniboine Park Zoo [Winnipeg] – 1963

    Assiniboine Park Zoo [Winnipeg, Canada] – 1963

  2. The Birdland Zoo Gardens 
    The Birdland Zoo Gardens [Bourton-on-the-Water, Great Britain] – 1970

    The Birdland Zoo Gardens [Bourton-on-the-Water, Great Britain] – 1970

  3. Zoological Gardens of Ceylon 
    Zoological Gardens of Ceylon [Modern day Sri Lanka] – 1961

    Zoological Gardens of Ceylon [Colombo, Modern day Sri Lanka] – 1961

  4. Flamingo Park  
    Flamingo Park ["Near Malton," Great Britain] – 1964

    Flamingo Park [“Near Malton,” Great Britain] – 1964

  5. International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens [now renamed WAZA, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums]

    International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens – 1962

    International Union of Directors of Zoological Gardens – 1962

  6. Taronga Zoological Park Trust  
    Taronga Zoological Park Trust [Sydney] – 1951

    Taronga Zoological Park Trust [Sydney, Australia] – 1951

  7. Zoo Zurich 
    Zoo Zürich [Zürich, Switzerland] – 1971

    Zoo Zürich [Zürich, Switzerland] – 1971

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