The Smythson Archive: Katharine Hepburn

Today marks the 103rd birthday of one of America’s most revered actresses, Katharine Hepburn, for which the US Postal Service is launching a commemorative stamp (shown above), available from today.

Winner of a record four Academy Awards as Best Leading Actress (more than any other actor), she  is ranked as the greatest female screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute.

During the 1950s, Hepburn purchased her personal address books from Smythson, including this specially commissioned ‘London California New York’ engraved address book, in which she recorded details of friends such as Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Tony Curtis, Frank 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 York.


3 Responses to “The Smythson Archive: Katharine Hepburn”

  1. Betsy S. Says:

    I absolutely LOVE seeing these historical items on the blog!

    If only those pages could speak….


  2. Paula Says:

    That’s why I love Smythson, you can just feel the history and quality when you hold your diary or one of the leather books in your hands. I couldn’t be without mine now.

    I do have a question. Is the museum open to the public, or do you need to make an appointment to visit?

  3. Smythson Site Editor Says:

    Hi, thanks for your enquiry. Yes, the museum is open to the public during store opening hours and next week, as part of Bond Street’s Culture & Heritage week, we will be displaying more heritage information and additional items from the Smythson archives in our store.

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