Editor’s Note: Over the years, Steven Heller has written thousands of installments of his blog, The Daily Heller. With Vintage Heller, we’re exploring entries from the archives. This post first appeared in 2014.
To celebrate turkey day, let’s look at some other, non-edible fowl. These birds of a letter, representing indigenous oiseaux of France, introduced children to their ABCs but also to the aviary of la belle France. Printed on porous newsprint, these Epinal illustrations lulled children into learning about type at a formative age. Happy Thanksgiving.