1950s—PRINT Magazine Covers Archive

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Before “The Typography Issue,” Print offered the “Typewriter Type Issue.”

“An artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters, singly or progressively, one after another as in writing, whereby all writing whatsoever may be engrossed on paper or parchment so neat and exact as not to be distinguished from print; that the said machine or method may be of great use in settlements and publick records, the impression being deeper and more lasting than any other writing, and not to be erased or counterfeited without manifest discovery.”

So read the first patent for a typewriter. Henry Mill, an English engineer, in June 1714 applied for and secured from Britain’s Queen Anne, this “letters patent,” based on the above description. No record of Mill’s machine exists today, but his patent wording still stands up as a description of today’s typewriter.

—Lawrence A. Audrain, Print June, 1952; Vol. 7 No. 3




Still with William Edwin Rudge Publisher Inc., Print‘s format moved from that of essentially a journal to a magazine. While retaining much of the same content as earlier volumes, including a feature on figurative typography, the magazine also stepped outside of the norms with an article on printmaker Josef Scharl by the Albert Einstein. This cover, by Sports Illustrated art director and illustrator Jerome Snyder (1916–1976), stretched around to the back and offered a little cognitive dissonance from the articles on classical themes, instead illustrating the variety of entries in the AIGA’s 13th Annual Exhibitions of Design and Printing for Commerce. Snyder later co-authored with Milton Glaser a popular column in New York Magazine called The Underground Gourmet.

—Steven Heller, Covering Print: 75 Covers, 75 Years





“The paper is the carrier of the work of art.”

—Douglass Howell, Papermaker


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