Monday, April 16, 2012
Vintage business typography & illustration
These companies aimed to impress, and they did. Documenting the rise of the US as an industrial nation, their grandiose bills of sale, letterheads, envelopes, checks, and business cards come from "The Robert Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery" at Columbia University. This unique collection of printed ephemera has more than 1,300 items from 1850–1920 and covering 45 states. The collection's elaborate vignettes show factories, warehouses, mines, offices, stores, banks, and hotels.
American Modernism: Graphic Design, 1920 to 1960!
I like the last sample because of the handwritten letter (especially the whiskey for $1/gallon).