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Corsets and Mourning

What’s the link? Well, on the side of this magnificent building in central Sydney, Australia [built 1908] are adverts for both items: corsets and mourning [costume I presume]. A wonderful incidence of unintended humour. Or was it intended? We may never know. I invite comment on the lettering style, as well as matching stories.

Corsets and Mourning
On the side of the former Mark Foy’s Emporium, Sydney, Australia.
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Just for fun – Luna Park, Sydney

Some fun typography from a recent visit to Luna Park in Sydney, Australia. The parks, by the way, were created by the American Frederick Ingersoll, and are a forerunner of today’s amusement parks and Disney.

Luna park sydney


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Digression on concrete poetry (reference A Hum[an Doc]ument)

With thanks to a recent commentator on this blog who refreshed my memory on the Sackner’s.

With reference to Tom Phillips and gratitude to Thames and Hudson, 1987: A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel.  First Revised Edition, p.14.

STOP PRESS: 5th edition just published. This is a totally new treatment.



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Something chalky for the weekend

Continuing a tradition that began way back and has been discontinued a while…this seen locally (by which I mean the east coast of Australia) and entirely hand-drawn. Not much else to add, except, enjoy your weekend wherever you may be, and remember that the Olympics in London begin this time next week. I shall have something to write about that soon. (But do I write that so I may got more viewers? Not a chance. I will only be writing about the 1948 games and showing [shewing] some advertising from that period.) This blog, as I hope you now appreciate, is anything but predictable.

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Somethings inconsequential in graphic design

After Spanish typography these, as a weekend diversion:

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Eating the letter R or Eric Gill for lunch

I recently posted on VS Naipaul and typography here. Still reading Mr Biswas I came on this sentence: ‘ “I could eat the Gill Sans R,” the editor said.’ [Everyman Edition, 1995, p.310).  I could eat the Gill Sans R! What a wonderful expression. Made me think what other letters I would choose to eat at a dinner party; indeed who I would invite to that dinner party to eat those letters. More to follow….your comments/guest list welcome.

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Snail mail

Produced by unknown when the Internet was becoming popular in early 1990s in the UK. Idea was to stick to envelopes – there was an art form called Mail Art in which artists would embellish envelopes with all sorts of stickers, designs, drawings. Anyone have any? Is it still being done? (See also posts on typography and the postage stamp here, and here and also here.)


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Who loves Helvetica?

I was doing some freelance work at a publishing company the other week and in the office I was sharing was this piece of art on the wall. See here for another Helvy post.

Love the cat.

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Signage – Gold Coast, Australia

I’m still not working at 100% (new MacBook still awaiting delivery) – but in the meantime please enjoy these pics from my iPhone taken at the weekend. The first is a lovely example of graffiti at play to add humour to a sign warning of danger: resembles Spiderman; the second a sign above an apartment block in a way that perfectly captures the mood.

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Something rather late for the weekend

Another ad from the Library of Advertising. (If you missed the first see here)