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When Typography Hit The Airwaves

Tony Wons was a popular personality during the depression receiving 2,000 fan letters a week. Tony Wons Scrapbook is a conversational show and he is like an old friend who stops by for a chat.

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Alan Kitching’s Full Court Letterpress

As part of the AIGA Centennial event exhibit in New York kicking off at AIGA on May 1, Monotype is working with London’s Alan Kitching, typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner.

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Uplifting Advertising

In the ’50s and ’60s, underwear ads, especially those for bras were visually limited. Take a closer look at this ad that broke ground by using a “live” model in a social context.

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Pharma Mexico is Surreal

Some of the most startling surrealist commercial art was (and is) produced for drug companies. View a few examples from the Mexican pharmaceutical industry.

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A Happy Book About Death

The Rainbow Box was a series of four books written by Joseph Pintauro (b.1930) and illustrated and designed by Norman Laliberté (b.1925). They were published as a boxed set (Harper & Row,1970).

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Soviet Literary Pulps

Take a look at Krasnaya Nov (The Red Virgin Land) was the first Soviet literary magazine, which was established in 1921, along with several other examples.

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The Interweb of Fine Faces

Jonathan Hoefler tells Steven Heller about Hoefler & Co’s latest latest font family, Surveyor — an interpretation of engraved map lettering that has been about 17 years in development — and his new web font service Cloud.typography, which draws content from the entire Hoefler & Co font library.

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Metzl’s Mad Men

The Advertising Conference by The Goswogii by Richard Henry Little and illustrated by Ervine Metzl was published in 1927. While there was a reprint of the original, the book is something of a mystery. Ervine Metzl is not.