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    Gollmar Brothers letterhead

  • Annie Keasbey Allerdice

    One of the most attractive letterheads ever used by the Gollmar Bros. Circus, is the above design, dated 1903. It is all in royal blue, except for the photos of the Gollmars, which are in brown. "Chalmer Condon's Letterheads," Bandwagon, Vol. 8, No. 3 (May-Jun), 1964, p. 10.

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