‘Minute but Perfectly Formed’: The Smythson Stationery Museum

Definitive London listings guide Time Out has included our in-store museum as a top pick in their ‘Mini London’ feature

Situated at the rear of our New Bond Street flagship store, the museum displays examples of our rich and varied archive which dates back to 1887 – such as founder Frank Smythson’s original trade card, a selection of wartime Christmas cards, Sigmund Freud’s calling card and examples of fine stationery specially produced for the Maharajas of India during the 1920s.

Mini Smythson Museums can also be found in our New York and Los Angeles stores, where treasures such as Hollywood starlet Claudette Colbert’s calling card and Katherine Hepburn’s specially commissioned ‘London California New York’ engraved address book  can be found, used during the 1950s to record details of friends including Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra…

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2 Responses to “‘Minute but Perfectly Formed’: The Smythson Stationery Museum”

  1. Smythson Archivist Says:

    As well as stationery, the museum includes some interesting examples of leather goods from our archive – an original “Monitor Bag” c.1905 with its original catalogue entry and a number of the infamous Smythson diaries from as early as 1901.

  2. The Smythson Archive: Katharine Hepburn « Says:

    […] Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, Barbara Streisand and Joan Crawford,   a replica of which is displayed in our in-store museums on New Bond Street, London and West 57th Street, New […]

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