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Something bookish for the weekend

Bradbury Thompson (1911 – 1995) did much for graphic, book and postage stamp design during the 20th century. I came across him recently when I purchased from a second-hand bookshop his 1988 The Art of Graphic Design, from which the accompanying illustrations are taken. Homage to the Book 2He was intimately involved with the Westvaco Corporation, a US-based paper manufacturer, and this led to many fruitful collaborations, including Homage to the Book. Homage to the Book

In the introduction to The Art he concludes:

‘This volume can provide only a time-lapse camera glimpse of an involvement with the graphic arts. Yet it is hoped that the retrospective may inspire thoughts about possible rewards with typography as a tool, a toy, and a teacher in the graphic design of this computer age’.

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Typography and the postage stamp – an occasional series

Another example of fine design from the UK Post Office. Dated 1993. (For other posts in this series please click here.)


Humour lettering

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.)



Typography and the postage stamp (4)

This continues an earlier  discussion to be found here.

What interests me about this example (from the UK of 1993) are not so much the stamps – though they are of value too – but the headline – A R T.

The A is letter cut; the R is brush letter; while the T is in wood. A nice and, perhaps, rare combination.

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Stamp design – Australia style

I posted a while back now (see here) on the typography of the postage stamp. (Other posts here)

Yesterday I caught this radio show on the ABC about design trends and history of design in Australia – apparently Australia is in the forefront of design, being the first country to develop the peel and stick stamp for instance.

If you are interested in hearing more this is the link to the podcast:

“In Trends today we’re looking at the design of a product which some of you might think has a finite future: the postage stamp.

In this age of email, how long is it since you stuck a stamp on to an envelope? I honestly can’t remember. Yet since the profile bust of Queen Victoria appeared on the Penny Black in 1840 stamp design has continued to evolve, and Australia has set trends that the world has followed.”

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Typography and the postage stamp (3)

This from the Royal Mail (UK) probably in the 1990s. (Click on image for the expanded view.) Not too much typographybut what a wonderful design. (Found in a drawer the other day and too good not to share.)

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Typography and the postage stamp (2)

Following up on an earlier post (see here) – these from the Gutenberg Museum.

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Typography and the postage stamp

I do not collect postage stamps but for some reason or other (no doubt because of the lettering) I kept this one from a visit to France in the early 1990s. I came across it in my very infrequent Journal, in which I write now and again about stuff that interests me.

Anyhow, it might spark some interest somewhere, and lead to new discoveries. I am sure there are plenty.