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Three Italian Nameplates

While recently picking through the surprisingly meager stacks of Italian ephemera in the flea markets, I came across a veritable history of masthead types. Take a closer look.

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Massimo’s Heraldic Newspaper

Massimo Vignelli believed everything could be designed better: Including newspapers. And his format in 1968 for a new weekly broadsheet, The Herald, was a revolution in type and image.

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Postmodern Graphic Design’s Midwest Routes

The 1988 spiral bound French Paper Speckletone sample book, featuring the work that put Duffy and company on the map, expresses the trajectory of Duffy and Charles Spencer Anderson’s distinct careers. Take a look inside it.

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Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes . . . .

This isn’t about David Bowie’s 1971 song “Changes” but rather the magazine Changes, a rock tabloid that premiered in June 1969 and was art directed by J.C. Suares.

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Get Your Irish Up

The Catholic Truth Society of Ireland was founded in 1899, its mission to expunge the “scourge of foreign influence, in the form of British and American books, films, magazines and newspapers,” wrote Naill McCormack, editor of Vintage Values: Classic Pamphlet Cover Design From Twentieth-Century Ireland and author of Vintage Irish Book Covers blog. I asked McCormack to tell us more about CTS and its design legacy.

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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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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.